10 busi­nesses that opened in the re­gion last year

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

PLENTY of new busi­nesses de­cided to set up shop in our re­gion last year, bring­ing ev­ery­thing from bu­rit­tos to horse and car­riage rides.

1. Sub­way Grace­mere

The Grace­mere store is the fourth fran­chise for Julie Noth­ling and her hus­band Justin, who will soon cel­e­brate 11 years at the Ge­orge St Sub­way and who also own the Al­len­stown and Stock­land Shop­ping Cen­tre fran­chises in Rock­hamp­ton.

Julie said when the Grace­mere site be­came avail­able af­ter doors closed in Fe­bru­ary ear­lier this year they couldn’t pass up the op­por­tu­nity.

They opened the doors in June.

2. Burger Urge

Burger Urge opened its doors for the first time at Stock­land Rock­hamp­ton’s The Ter­race precinct in March to a very warm re­cep­tion.

Javier LaCruz, who has moved to Rock­hamp­ton from Venezuela, South Amer­ica to man­age the Burger Urge fran­chise, was thrilled with the first day of trade.

3. Guz­man y Gomez

Ev­ery seven sec­onds, a bur­rito was in the hands of a hun­gry cus­tomer at Rock­hamp­ton’s new­est mex­i­can eatery Guz­man Y Gomez (GYG) for the store’s grand open­ing in March.

With free bur­ri­tos on of­fer, crowds flocked to Stock­land Rock­hamp­ton’s The Ter­race din­ing precinct for the grand open­ing at 11am.

Within 10 min­utes, a line of cus­tomers ea­ger to sink their teeth into GYG had snaked through the cen­tre from the main The Ter­race en­try to the cen­tre’s in­for­ma­tion desk as be­tween 40 and 50 staff mem­bers rushed to serve them.

4. Thai­li­cious

Stephen Sea­man’s pas­sion for Rock­hamp­ton’s culi­nary po­ten­tial was in­fec­tious as he served up the first ea­ger cus­tomers of his Kern Ar­cade shop front.

As co-owner of Fresh Thai­li­cious Delights, Steve has op­er­ated one of the few food trucks in the state for the past 15 years along­side his wife, Tan.

But the cou­ple could not be more ex­cited over the fam­ily-run busi­ness’s lat­est “in­car­na­tion” in what they see as the per­fect lo­ca­tion.

5. Ana­conda

Ana­conda was just one of many store open­ings for Stock­land Rock­hamp­ton be­fore Christ­mas with a num­ber of new re­tail­ers open­ing their doors within the next week.

6. Salt N Bat­tered

The new fish and chip re­tailer Salt and Bet­tered opened in Stock­land Rock­hamp­ton in the food court late last year.

7. Stella Rossa

Stella Rossa of­fi­cially opened at Stock­land Rock­hamp­ton, near Kmart, on De­cem­ber 1.

8. Capri­corn Car­riages

Steve and Kenny made their maiden jour­ney around the Rock­hamp­ton CBD in Oc­to­ber piquing the in­ter­est of chil­dren and adults alike.

9. Ge­latis­simo

Geltissimo was the first of a host of food out­lets to open at Stock­land Rock­hamp­ton’s The Ter­race last year.

Adding to the au­then­tic Ital­ian flavour and feel of the Ge­latis­simo ex­pe­ri­ence is a tempt­ing ar­ray of dolci (sweets) and freshly ground cof­fee.

10. Sch­nitz

Pop­u­lar Aus­tralian fran­chise Sch­nitz wel­comed cus­tomers in June at their ul­tra-ur­ban store at The Ter­race, Stock­land Rock­hamp­ton – the first in Queens­land out­side of the south-east cor­ner.

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NEW VEN­TURE: Steve May and Kenny the Cly­des­dale.

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Stacey San­der works at Guz­man Y Gomez.

Steve Sea­man, owner of Fresh Thai­li­cious Delights.

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