Pasquale Lamanna, founder of the famous Lamanna Melbourne supermarket, has died suddenly.
Lamanna Melbourne is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Pasquale Lamanna, and the statement reads,
Our journey began in 1948 when Nonno Pasquale landed at Essendon Airport and today his journey ends.
It is with heavy and broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Father Nonno and “Big Nonno” Pascual Lamanna. He passed away peacefully with his family this morning.
He will be greatly missed, but his legacy lives on in our family forever. Pasquale LaManna 10.06.32 – 10.02.23
Who is Pascual Lamanna?
Like many new Australians from Europe in the post-World War II era, Pasquale (Pat) Lamanna arrived at Essendon Airport from Italy in 1948 with dreams of starting a new life in Australia.
Little did Pat realize that his son and grandson would establish one of Australia’s best supermarkets in the same building 62 years later. .
Pat, a 16-year-old with no formal schooling and no English, arrived at Essendon Airport with a plan to open a modest fruit stand. He spent a few years picking vegetables before opening his first fruit shop in West Preston in 1953.
His reputation for reliable service and commitment to quality soon spread throughout Melbourne.
Pasquale Lamanna Business Development
Pat soon established businesses in all of Melbourne’s major shopping centers and became famous as an innovator of home delivery. In the 1970s, Pat’s sons Vince and Greg joined him.
Together, they entered the banana wholesale business and grew it into Australia’s largest banana wholesaler with warehouses in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Although the company was sold in 2003, many Australians will still be familiar with the recognizable Lamanna banana ads from the era.
Pat’s eldest son, Vince, had a dream to build Australia’s largest fresh fruit market using the expertise he gained working with his father. Vince founded LaManna Direct in 2010 after years of looking for a better location and showing up in an old hangar at Essendon Airport.
A true family company, Vince runs the company with his wife Linda, children Tanya, Patrick and Stephanie and all of their grandchildren. For now, son Patrick is the CEO.
Lamanna Supermarket began as Australia’s largest 100% Australian-grown fruit and vegetable market, but has since expanded into a 10,000 square meter culinary haven that includes a butcher, deli, seafood, bakery, patisserie, grocery and a cafe serving Melbourne’s best coffee. Northwest.
A day working or visiting Essendon Fields is never complete without a pit stop at LaManna, as everything they do is driven by traditional customer service, commitment to quality and the same entrepreneurial spirit.
About Lamanna Melbourne Supermarket
LaManna’s is an Australian family owned and operated business based at Essendon Fields Airport. From a humble family beginning in a small Italian town outside Reggio, Calabria, to Nonno Pasquale’s first job working on a potato farm in Colac, Australia and his first fruit shop in Preston in 1952, the Lamanna name was synonymous. With new products.
Lamanna Melbourne Online Business
In 2008, LaManna’s was originally established as a dedicated online business, delivering fresh produce and other grocery essentials, while providing exceptional customer service to customers’ homes in Melbourne’s east under the business name LaManna Direct.
A business that pioneers the trend, Lamanna Direct is Melbourne’s premier food delivery service. After 18 months, the business had outgrown its initial Blackburn North base and required a larger footprint to ensure continued growth and distribution, and through this process, a new opportunity emerged.
LaManna’s founder, Vince LaManna, found the new site, Hangar 89, at 10 English St, Essendon Fields, on the site of Melbourne’s original airport, Essendon Airport, where his father Pasquale landed 60 years ago.
At that time, the 10,000 square meter building was lying in a dilapidated state without maintenance and use for many years. The building was essentially three separate residences, with hurricane fences and brick walls separating them, and what is now the Lamanna carpark lawn, which at the time was used to store construction vehicles in a shed.
Vince LaManna is the son of Pasquale (Pat) LaManna
The site had previously been rejected by many small businesses and large corporations, however, it seemed that no one had a vision of what opportunities this building could offer.
When Vince LaManna first visited it, he knew it was something special. He had courage and will and his vision was clear in his mind.
With that vision in mind, Vince brought his family together to share his new idea, an idea that seemed impossible at the time, but Vince was determined to make his dream come true.
Vince’s idea to grow the business somewhat
Vince had a simple idea, “That food has to be good”. She wanted to create an environment that “brings people closer to food and family,” taking what would be a chore for most and turning it into a shopping experience to look forward to.
A place that makes you feel good and taps into your emotions, giving you the same feeling you get when you’re surrounded by your family, eating Nonna’s homemade lasagna, enjoying a glass of Nonna’s wine and several homemade cannoli.
In February 2010, the journey began with a team of 13, the Lamanna family, a juicer, a butcher, a plumber, a shoe salesman, a panel beater, a legal secretary, an accountant, a cook and only. Someone with supermarket experience. They all had one thing in common that made the team so special, a shared passion and love for food, family and friends.
Building a supermarket
On the first day’s agenda, Vince tells his team, “Okay guys, we have a supermarket. Does anyone know how we do it? Get in your car and visit some shops and see you next week”. This was the birth of what is now Australia’s largest independent grocer.
On November 23, 2010, the Lamanna family and their team of 65, not knowing what to expect, finally reached their first real milestone – the opening.
Vince’s passion for customer service, quality food, people and most of all family is what underpins the success and reputation of the business.
The Lamanna family has always had strong family values and Lamanna strives to provide the same feeling to every customer and inspires everyone to celebrate food, family and friends in a way that only the love of food can provide.
Today, the family business is passed down to third-generation grocer Vince’s son Patrick, along with his immediate and extended family of dedicated and loyal team members.
As trends in food, business, and culture change, LaManna does what we believe is right, makes decisions that benefit our customers, and keeps the business future-proof.
Drives continuous improvement and positive change with the goal of being the best at what we do every day.