The Black Duck owners Natalie and Glennis Lane, Collette Giha Carella and chef Lance Myer opened the re-vamped Tables on Flinders restaurant this week.
The Black Duck owners Natalie and Glennis Lane, Collette Giha Carella and chef Lance Myer opened the re-vamped Tables on Flinders restaurant this week. Paul Braven

40 businesses that opened or closed in Gladstone in 2016

IT'S BEEN a turbulent 12 months for Gladstone's business.

Shops have closed across the city, with many shutting their doors in the main street.

But a boost in confidence in the second half of 2016 saw a load of business take a punt on Gladstone.

Here is 40 business that have opened or closed in Gladstone in 2016, 22 of which have opened and 18 have closed. 

1. Strops Fish and Chips

COLLIN 'Strop' Gibbs has always wanted to own either a fish and chip shop or a pub.

So when the fish and chip shop on J Hickey Ave closed in December, the former Curtis Island worker decided it was the time to make a choice.

Five months of hard work, and $60,000, later Strops Fish and Chip shop opened.

Full story here

2. Black Dagger Tattoo

IT'S exciting news for former clients of Tyson Evans, a well-known tattooist who moved to Adelaide, with the opening of his new studio in Gladstone, Black Dagger Tattoo.

The 25-year-old, with friend and trainee tattooist Dan Carmichael, have opened the shop on Roseberry St.

Full story here

3. Fresh Fix Cafe 

A GOLD Coast couple opened a cafe on Goondoon St, Fresh Fix Cafe.

The seasoned restaurateurs Tim and Janene Cree, have built their dream cafe focusing on healthy options to satisfy any craving.

Full story here.

4. The Dock at East Shores 

GELASPRESSO at East Shores had a facelift, with the owners turning the eatery into a gourmet lounge bar.

They offer gourmet burgers and beers right by the bay.

Full story here

5. RC Hobby House 

RORY Birch, an electrician by trade, is a remote control plane enthusiast who started doing repairs and selling parts out of his car nine years ago.

"I don't get to fly much with the hobby clubs anymore but I do enjoy helping other people with their hobbies," he said.

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BUSINESS FOCUS: Rory’s RC Hobby House will be opening today.
BUSINESS FOCUS: Rory’s RC Hobby House will be opening today. Campbell Gellie

6. Sole Seeker 4680 

SOLE Seeker 4680 opened in Tannum Sands bringing a shoe, sports and leisure shop to locals.

The store stocks Puma and X-Blades as well as all major skate and scooter gear. SOLE Seeker 4680 opened in Tannum Sands bringing a shoe, sports and leisure shop to locals.

The store stocks Puma and X-Blades as well as all major skate and scooter gear. 

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7. The Hook and Chook 

THINK fresh takeaway fish and chips, and gourmet burgers and you'll get The Hook and Chook.

This new gourmet takeaway shop opened at the Night Owl Centre. 

Full story here


8. Coffee Ink

THIS Calliope coffee shop has a touch of vintage fitting in with the town's history.

Vintage furniture was up-cycled and timber from a gold miner's cottage dating back 100 years has been used in the furnishings.

Full story here


9. The Thai Van

AUTHENTIC Thai food in a van is giving Gladstone a delicious taste.

The Thai Van's cook Pon Creasey said the van has been so busy they had sold out of meals most nights.

"I have made 300 spring rolls and they're all gone, so had to make 150 on the weekend and there are only 50 left from last night," Pon said.

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Kevina Atkinson and Pon Creasey at the Thai Van, Gladstone.
Kevina Atkinson and Pon Creasey at the Thai Van, Gladstone. Emily Pidgeon.

10. Black Duck 

A restaurant formerly known for its upmarket menu has been revamped to become a place to eat for everyone.

The family-run business has become a staple in the restaurant scene in Gladstone. After selling their other eatery, Chattin Cafe, the owners were keen to throw all of their new ideas into recreating the restaurant down at the marina.

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11. Ban Thai 

FOR 15 years 46 Goondoon St was Scottie's Restaurant but it became one of Gladstone's newest Thai restaurants.

The building was transformed inside and signs with Ban Thai were put on the windows and outside the door.

The restaurant is authentic, starting with the name Ban Thai. Ban or "baan" means home restaurant.

 

Full story here

 

The interior has been decorated and the signage added to the new Thai restaurant on Goondoon St. The opening date for Ban Thai, situated where Scottie's Trattoria once was, is still unknown depending on council approval and Thai superstitions.
The interior has been decorated and the signage added to the new Thai restaurant on Goondoon St. The opening date for Ban Thai, situated where Scottie's Trattoria once was, is still unknown depending on council approval and Thai superstitions. Campbell Gellie

 

12. CCC Takeaway 

THE cafe opened in Callemondah and is serving up "tradie favourites".

The cafe will do coffee and a range of food and meals including sandwiches, wraps, salads, hot chips, burgers and more.

 

Full story here

 

Lyn and Andrew Davis with Caity Harvilla at the new Callemondah cafe.
Lyn and Andrew Davis with Caity Harvilla at the new Callemondah cafe. Mike Richards GLA081116FOOD

 

13. Alex and Ander the Label

HERE is one for the fashion lovers. Three Gladstone residents have created a fashion boutique Alex and Ander the Label. 

Already they have a significant following online, with more than 1000 likes on their Facebook page.

They have shown "sneak peaks" on what styles to expect from the boutique, sharing behind the scene shots from their photo shoots.

Full story here

14. Gladstone Fish Market food van

The Gladstone Fish Market has expanded its business to sell freshly cooked seafood out of a food van.

After some minor setbacks, they announced their Facebook page that the venture was open.

Full story here


15. The Olives at the Night Owl Centre 

SELF-CONFESSED food lover Zaheer Syed is bringing the best of his two favourite cuisines to Gladstone.

Mr Syed opened The Olives Indian and Mediterranean restaurant at the Night Owl Centre, Gladstone this week.

On October 1 he signed the lease for the store which was formerly Star Indian, which closed in September.

Mr Syed said it was a busy two months of renovations to make his dream of opening his own restaurant in Gladstone a reality.

Fully story here

16. Schnitz at Stockland

SCHNITZ has done a roaring trade on its first day in Gladstone.

The restaurant, offering up the perfect schnitzel served 29 different ways, opened at Stockland Gladstone today.

Store manager at Schnitz Gladstone and Rockhampton, Chris Allen, said the response to the Gladstone opening had been "amazing".

"We had a packed house for lunch," he said.

Full story here            

Schnitz Gladstone head trainer Holly Smith and store manager Chris Allen.
Schnitz Gladstone head trainer Holly Smith and store manager Chris Allen. Emily Burley

17. Just Cuts at Stockland

SHE'S been voted Australia's top franchisee person, and is now sharing her business expertise in Gladstone after opening a store here two weeks ago.

International franchise salon, Just Cuts, has opened at Stockland Gladstone Shopping Centre with award-winning Yvonne Salisbury behind it.

Ms Salisbury franchises four other Just Cuts stores, two in Rockhampton, one in Bundaberg and another in Mackay.

The salon is a cut different from the rest, a non-appointment store that offers style cuts but a "non-chemical' experience with no colouring or perms.

The store also employs only fully qualified stylists.

Full story here


18. Gladstone Tender Centre and Collectables

A SELF-confessed "hoarder" hopes to turn his business into an antique collector's paradise.

Nigel Kocks is bringing a taste of Antiques Roadshow to Gladstone by opening the only tender-style buy and sell business this week.

Mr Kocks said Gladstone Tender Centre and Collectables would be a place for people to bring in goods or collectables they want to sell, which will then be put up for auction.

The Gladstone resident of 15 years said the business idea was inspired by a similar tender centre in Bundaberg.

"There's lots of people moving in and out of town and with a lot of them they don't want to take everything with them ... I think considering the movements around town it's a great time to do this," he said.

Residents can give a reserve price, and if they wish, a buy it now price.

Full story here

19. Burger Urge Stockland

STOCKLAND Gladstone will have two new restaurants by the end of the year with Burger Urge and Schnitz creating a dining precinct.

Burger Urge director Sean Carthrew said he was thrilled to open the 19th Burger Urge store at Stockland Gladstone.

Full story here

The chef at burger urge serves up a few of the many items avaliable on the menu at the new Rocky store.
The chef at burger urge serves up a few of the many items avaliable on the menu at the new Rocky store.

20. Hairstyle Studio

NEW business owner Nicole Barker has had nothing but good feedback from her clients after opening Hairstyle Studio in Emmadale late April.

Mrs Barker moved from Gladstone when she was just 8-years-old, and only recently moved back from Tasmania.

As part of her services, Nicole has decided to keep the salt caves left over from the previous business in the space, A Twist of Zen.

Salt cave therapy is used around the globe to treat a number of conditions, including ace, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and even the common cold.

Full story here

 

BUSINESS IN BEAUTY: Salon owner Nicole Barker says business is good after opening Hairstyle Studio only 8 weeks ago. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
BUSINESS IN BEAUTY: Salon owner Nicole Barker says business is good after opening Hairstyle Studio only 8 weeks ago. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA20.06.16HAIR

 

21. Officeworks

NATIONAL stationery chain Officeworks has officially rolled into Gladstone with its Hanson Rd store opening.

Gladstone's first Officeworks manager Chris Boyd said the grand opening went well with more than 400 sausages given away.

"We also sold a lot of iPod speakers and printers," he said.

The store even sold out of one type of laptop.

Full story here

OPEN BOOK: Gladstone now has its first Officeworks with 22 staff members.
OPEN BOOK: Gladstone now has its first Officeworks with 22 staff members. Darryl Currey


22. 13 Angry Scorpions

PATRICK Beresford is aiming to be a source of heat in Gladstone with his caramelised chilli syrup because he has too.

Looking down the barrel of an uncertain future after a back injury ended his nine-year-career at Boyne Smelters Limited, the husband and father of one has had to reinvent himself.

For years, he has made chilli syrup as a hobby and, with friends and a local chef adamant he go to market with his creation, he decided to give it a go.

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Patrick Beresford has a hot idea for a new business after a back injury forced him out of his job at Boyne Smelter Limited.
Patrick Beresford has a hot idea for a new business after a back injury forced him out of his job at Boyne Smelter Limited. Campbell Gellie

CLOSED BUSINESSES

23. Uncle Brian's Used Cars

DRIVING around in a $300 Toyota Corolla, "Uncle" Brian Headley isn't your typical used car salesman.

He has more than a million dollars worth of cars on the lot at Uncle Brian's Used Cars on Toolooa St, but he says, matter-of-factly, "all cars cost money and are a means of transport".

He has sold used cars in Gladstone for 22 years but on June 30 Mr Headley he locked his car yard gate for the last time.

"We were doing really well until March and that's when I noticed it slowed down," Mr Headley said.

Full story here

READY TO GO: After 22 years selling cars in Gladstone,
READY TO GO: After 22 years selling cars in Gladstone, "Uncle" Brian Headley is looking forward to taking a break. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer Declan Cooley

24. Star Indian Restaurant

AN Indian restaurant owner who planned an exciting new facelift for his restaurant closed his business after the landlord evicted him from his premises.

Chaman Herath, owner of Indian restaurant Sitar in the Night Owl Centre, recently changed the restaurant's name to Star Indian Restaurant as part of a dramatic overhaul of the restaurant from "middle-market" cuisine to fast-food to meet the changing demands in Gladstone's eat-out market.

Mr Herath said "mid-range" restaurants had been gutted from the market, with customers either opting for "fine-dining" if they eat out or takeaway restaurants if they are at home.

"We were in the casual dining range," he said. "So if customers want to go to dining, they more prefer the fine dining.

The mid-range places -- they're gone."

Full story here

SHUT SHOP: The owner of the restaurant said the
SHUT SHOP: The owner of the restaurant said the "middle-market" of Gladstone's hospitality industry had been gutted.


25. Urban Lane Interiors

ONE more store added to the empty shop fronts scattered on Goondoon St.

Urban Lane Interiors, a decor and fashion boutique, closed its doors for the last time. For owner Susie Bobbermen, a keen fashion and furniture stylist, having an interior store on a main street was a dream come true.

She took over Urban Lane Interiors in January, but by February the excitement of new brands and designs faded.

She noticed there was a lack of foot traffic and attractions to get people excited about the main street.

"(The revitalisation plan) was really too late for us. I needed something to happen pretty quick, really.

Full story here

Urban Lane Interior owner Susie Bobbermen, made the difficult decision to close for good this week.
Urban Lane Interior owner Susie Bobbermen, made the difficult decision to close for good this week.

26. Australian Country Living

IT'S not all bad news for Gladstone business Australian Country Living owner, Silvia Cameron, who said despite the Gladstone Square store closing down, it will remain as an online business through Facebook.

Ms Cameron, who has owned the business for 15 years, said the decision to close the store front was not an easy one and as a farewell to loyal customers, the store currently has its "Red Spot Sale" running, with 20% off selected items.

Full story here

27. Boyne Island Coffee Club

AFTER nine years serving Tannum Sands locals and visitors with cakes, big breakfasts and strong coffee, The Coffee Club at Tannum Central will shut its doors for the last time.

It's understood The Coffee Club and Tannum Central management were unable to reach an agreement on the terms of a new lease however this is not confirmed.

Clare Ubrihien is one local who will miss the cafe once it closes.

She comes to The Coffee Club three or four times a week and was extremely upset when she found out her favourite cafe was closing down.

"For the owners sake I'm very upset," Ms Ubrihien said.

"It's extremely disappointing because they've worked their guts out.

"I hate to see anything close."

Full story here 

The Coffee Club will close its doors for the last time.
The Coffee Club will close its doors for the last time.

28. Eureka Street Furniture

WITH half a house decked out with lounges, dining tables and chairs from Eureka Street Furniture, residents took the opportunity to snap up a few bargains before the furniture shop closed down in August.

After five years working out of Centro Gladstone Home, next to Bunnings and Harvey Norman, Eureka Street Furniture made the call to shut its doors due to a lack of customers.

Full story here

BARGAIN HUNTER: Mal Clarke picking up a few extra pieces to complete his set. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer
BARGAIN HUNTER: Mal Clarke picking up a few extra pieces to complete his set. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer Declan Cooley

29. Mawa Exotics

GLADSTONE will lose another furniture store next week when Mawa Exotics on Hanson Rd closes down.

After months of slow days, and having just "a handful of customers" through the door each week, owner Kelly Sleiter decided it was time to close.

She said customer numbers had dropped by 70% in 18 months.

Full story here

30. Bright Ideas

THE owner of a Gladstone business closing its doors said burying her younger sister six weeks ago was one of the reasons she has decided to close her lighting store.

Marilyne Brookes, 67, who opened Bright Ideas 14 years ago, said slowing sales in the last six months had also contributed to the closure.

Full story here

31. Staples

STAPLES is closing its Gladstone retail store. 

The store, located at 139 Goondoon St, will have its last day on Sunday, December 11.

The stationery retailer has announced the closure with an advertisement in tomorrow's Better Business section in The Observer.

It is believed the Gladstone warehouse will stay open, but the retail store will close.

In the advertisement about the closure it says the store is offering a deal "price match plus take a further 10% off".

Full story here

Staples has announced it will close its retail store in Gladstone this month.
Staples has announced it will close its retail store in Gladstone this month.

32. A2Z Dental

CALLIOPE'S only dental surgery can't find any dentists and is now being forced to close.

Manager of Hazelbrook Village Shopping Centre Barbara Nairne said without dentists, the owner of the A2Z Dental surgery would pay rent for an empty shop until March.

It leaves Calliope's 3000 residents with a 20-minute commute to the nearest dentist in Gladstone.

Full story here

33. Nuellie de Fleur

DAVE Donoghue often stopped in at Nuellie de Fleur on Goondoon St to buy his wife a rose "just because". 

But from now on, his thoughtfulness won't come with the convenience of dropping by the store on his way home. 

On Monday Nuellie de Fleur shut their doors for the last time. 

Full story here

Sue and Dave Donoghue were the final customers served by Krete de Souza and Robyn Spinks when Nuellie de Fleur Emporium closed today.
Sue and Dave Donoghue were the final customers served by Krete de Souza and Robyn Spinks when Nuellie de Fleur Emporium closed today. Mike Richards GLA220216FLOWER

34. Anthony Breed Music - closed in December

GLADSTONE'S last music store closed it's doors for the last time at the end of December.

35. Scotties Restaurant

COMPETITION and the economic downturn has led iconic Gladstone restaurant Scotties Trattoria to close.

The Gladstone CBD restaurant of more than 15 years became a well-known fixture in Gladstone's dining experiences, with their colourful owner Scott McCarthy.

The Gladstone man of more than 30 years said his restaurant's closure was a sign of the times.

"This past 12 months has been the toughest year I've had in 15 years," he said.  

Full story here.

 

Scott McCarthy has called it a quits, closing his much loved restaurant Scotties Trattoria. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Scott McCarthy has called it a quits, closing his much loved restaurant Scotties Trattoria. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven


36. Chattin Cafe

THE popular cafe was forced to shut their doors due to the diagnosis of their daughter's brain tumour earlier in September, who is currently receiving treatment in Brisbane.

"The past few months has shown us that unfortunately, we can no longer juggle both these things and as much as it pains us, we have decided to close Chattin Cafe after tomorrow's trade."

The business owner's also thanked their staff and loyal customers.

Full story here.

Local Gladstone couple Megan Bale and Tim Hancock have taken over ownership of the Chattin Café on Goondoon Street. Photo Dylan Suska / The Observer
Local Gladstone couple Megan Bale and Tim Hancock have taken over ownership of the Chattin Café on Goondoon Street. Photo Dylan Suska / The Observer Dylan Suska GLA190416CAFE

37. The Great Australian Ice Creamery - closed in April

THE Great Australian Ice Creamery is no longer at Gladstone Square Shopping Centre.

The ice cream store was a popular place to visit and cool off with a selection of 50 ice cream flavours.

Full story here

The ice creamery is no longer at Gladstone Square Shopping Center.
The ice creamery is no longer at Gladstone Square Shopping Center.


38. Simply Solid Timber Furniture

AN ICONIC furniture warehouse that has sat on Hanson Rd for 14 years will closed its doors for the last time.

Ms Neil, who bought the business eight years ago, said it's been particularly "dramatic in the last six month -- a dramatic change".

"People just don't have any money at the moment.

"You don't expect the town to die this much."

Full story here.

The business is holding a closing down sale with 50-70% off stock.
The business is holding a closing down sale with 50-70% off stock.


39. Fancy Nancy

THE irresistibly tasty adventures of Gladstone cooking supremo "Fancy Nancy" took a downward turn.

Nancy Davidson, one of the Gladstone's most prolific cooks who forged her name in the hearts of our city's food lovers with her chargrilled steaks, moved out of her shop little more than a month after opening at Toolooa Shopping Centre.

Full story here

YUMMY: Nancy is famous in Gladstone for cooking 'anything and everything'.
YUMMY: Nancy is famous in Gladstone for cooking 'anything and everything'.

40. Gallery 67

IT WAS the second Goondoon St business in days to close their doors indefinitely was unique to the region.

Gallery 67, which opened in 2014, announced that as the business was struggling in the tough times, it will no longer be a part of Gladstone's main street.

Full story here

 



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