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Beloved Jo’s Juice squeezes last orange at Old Bus Depot Markets

Lachlan Roberts 11 July 2019 211
Josip Sladic

Josip Sladic served his last orange juice at the Old Bus Depot Markets on 30 June. Photo: George Tsotsos.

He has been a mainstay at the Old Bus Depot Markets for over two decades but Jo has poured his last juice at the popular weekend destination in Kingston.

Nearly 25 years ago, Josip Sladic set up Jo’s Juice at the markets, totally unaware of how successful his little stall would turn out to be.

“I was doing all the markets around town back then,” Mr Sladic shared. “The Old Bus Deport Markets was an undercover venue and the owners were lovely ladies so I decided to put a stall in. It was a way to make a living and to provide something that is real.

“You can’t get more real than juice from the fruit. I really enjoyed the social side of it and interacting with customers and it was a really pleasant experience.

“All the old stalls are leaving one by one and being replaced. All things must come to an end eventually I guess.”

Jo the orange juice guy

Sladic: “All things must come to an end.” Photo: George Tsotsos. 

The decision to leave wasn’t of his own making as the Old Bus Depot Markets’ new owners decided not to renew his lease. It might have left a sour taste in Mr Sladic’s mouth, but the news has brought an outpouring of love from the customers that have become his friends.

“I am a local Canberran for more than 20 years and coming to the markets is part of my life. There have been stall holders there for as long as I have been going,” loyal customer Charnelle said.

“These stall holders become friends and are the very fabric of the place. The value of people and the love and care they put into their products and services is what has made the markets what they are.

“I enjoyed my last glass of spiced apple and I cried a little when I finished it. I gave Jo a hug and told him how much he meant to me.”

Jo during happier times. Photo: Supplied.

Ken said his family travels from Wollongong on a regular basis to sample Jo’s delicious mulled wine while Eloise said Jo’s Juice stall was one of her main reasons for coming to the markets.

“I have been a regular visitor to the old bus depot markets for several years – and the thing I look forward to most (and a driving force for me to actually visit) is either an apple cider or lemon honey and ginger drink from the OJ store,” she said.

When queried, a spokesperson for the Old Bus Depot Markets told Region Media that the markets regularly reviewed its arrangements with vendors to ensure they offer visitors the best possible products and experience.

“The Old Bus Depot Markets has enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with local and regional vendors in the Canberra community for over 24 years,” the spokesperson said.

“While the Old Bus Depot Markets does not comment on specific business operations, more broadly, when managing the vendors the Old Bus Depot Markets considers legal obligations and regularly reviews its arrangements with vendors to ensure we offer our stallholders and visitors the best possible products and experience.

“We are sure Jo enjoyed his last market day on Sunday the 30th of June. We wish Jo all the best with his future endeavours as we are sure he will be moving on to bigger and brighter things.”


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211 Responses to Beloved Jo’s Juice squeezes last orange at Old Bus Depot Markets
juice juice 6:14 pm 15 Jul 19

Thanks so much for your support and well wishes.
I hope to gather enough strength to fight some more in the courts. Lawyers are expensive so I have a link to gofundme on my website oj.com.au. If I can get ten thousand people to donate five dollars each, I’ll have a real chance. Each donation will be rewarded with a free drink if I get my stall back. Forever an optimist ?

Kamini Davenport Kamini Davenport 5:53 pm 15 Jul 19

Jo and I did our first presentation together at Signadou teachers college back in 1991! A great man whose business will be sorely missed. Rolf

Elysha Anne Elysha Anne 12:50 pm 15 Jul 19

😢 orange juice and satay stick days are over Jo Treacy

Paul Mychailuk Paul Mychailuk 12:16 pm 15 Jul 19

One of the only reasons I visited Canberra in winter - his mulled wine!!!

Dan Reynolds Dan Reynolds 10:39 am 15 Jul 19

Replaced by hipsters selling Aperol Spitz? Come on that's pathetic. A local guy serving juice replaced by people flogging an alcoholic drink produced by Camapri, a huge Italian multi national. Nice move for a local market

Danielle Forner Danielle Forner 10:20 am 15 Jul 19

Julia Forner Elizabeth Forner no more hot cider

Trevor Watson Trevor Watson 9:15 am 15 Jul 19

Much more to this than meets the eye....

    Irene Harris Irene Harris 10:17 am 15 Jul 19

    Do tell!

    Trevor Watson Trevor Watson 12:30 pm 15 Jul 19

    Irene Harris well the chap has been trying to sell for ages now he claims his lease is not being renewed. ..

Peter Lilley Peter Lilley 8:20 am 15 Jul 19

Is this the same person who has been trying to sell off the business for the last few years? More to this story.

Iva Na Iva Na 5:21 am 15 Jul 19

Who are the new owners, anyone know?

Liz Lyell Liz Lyell 2:42 am 15 Jul 19

Best juice ever, he will be missed.

Amelia Bradley Amelia Bradley 11:47 pm 14 Jul 19

Lucy McKindlay Maia Alfonzetti well look who it is

Mikaela Gaarde Mikaela Gaarde 11:30 pm 14 Jul 19

Jasmine Simson brooo my heart 💔

Rachel Albiez Rachel Albiez 11:29 pm 14 Jul 19

Dean Paragalli Evie Paragalli I’m heartbroken

Rachel Albiez Rachel Albiez 11:29 pm 14 Jul 19

Mark Albiez ya kidding!!!!!!

Evelyn Rohde Evelyn Rohde 10:28 pm 14 Jul 19

Where is Jo’s Juice opening up?

Aaron Mitchell Aaron Mitchell 10:19 pm 14 Jul 19

Mulled Cider was the only reason I went there. Not going to bother anymore.

Rachelle Cridland Rachelle Cridland 10:02 pm 14 Jul 19

No more delish Mulled Wine 😢 Sophie Cridland Sally Pertzel how sad!

    Sally Pertzel Sally Pertzel 8:00 am 15 Jul 19

    Rachelle Cridland that is so not fair. He was so popular there was always a long line of people. I liked the hot lemon juice too.

Kerrie Ruth Kerrie Ruth 9:10 pm 14 Jul 19

We were regulars every time we visited so good to taste real o.j. or a ginger lift in the middle of winter. Not fair!

Elle Jasprizza-Quinn Elle Jasprizza-Quinn 9:02 pm 14 Jul 19

Ren Cat JO’S JUICE

Kesh Mesh Kesh Mesh 8:54 pm 14 Jul 19

Oh that sucks! He was one of the highlights of our trips to Canberra’s bus depot markets! We would drive the 4 hours to get there and warm up with one of his drinks!

    Lori Korodaj Lori Korodaj 11:36 am 18 Jul 19

    Keshena, I know! We're trying to track down where else he may be now. Will let you know!

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