10 businesses that opened in the region last year
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW VENTURE: Steve May and Kenny the Clydesdale.
Stacey Sander works at Guzman Y Gomez.
Steve Seaman, owner of Fresh Thailicious Delights.