Gladstone business openings, closures and changes in 2019
THE business climate in Gladstone is a bit like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're going to get.
During the past six months there's been plenty of business shake-ups, new owners, moves and re-branding.
Barber Ash and The Rebel Barber set up shop in pre-existing Last Wave Surf Shop and Watersports.
Ashleigh Beale and Rebel Thorn said the idea was for people to have the opportunity to tidy up while they're shopping for a new outfit.
Inspired by his own struggle to quit smoking, Matt Evans opened the Vape Den in hope to help others beat the habit.
Sister duo Michaela and Sam Ward followed in their family's footsteps and started their own hair salon.
The new hair salon Alex Maree Hair Studio is named after their two middle names.
A very impulsive purchases resulted in Gladstone born Rebekah Keen opening up a new Laundromat business in Boyne Island.
Social Enterprise IE Cafe owned and operated by Gladstone Community Linking Agency opened it's doors with an aim to create employment opportunities for people living with disabilities.
T3 on Wyndham will opened its doors after year in the planning. Owner Tracey Bourke formerly operated The Coffee Club at Tannum Sands for nine years, but closed due to high rent.
THE owners of Laser Clinics Australia Rockhampton had so many clients travelling from Gladstone that when the opportunity came to open up a franchise in Gladstone, it was a no-brainer.
Mother and daughter Melinda Olive and Maddison Dargel opened a Laser Clinics Australia store at Stockland Gladstone this month.
December 28, 2018
After 15 years in Gladstone Target Country shut it's doors at the end of 2018.
RESIDENTS were shocked by the sudden closure of a Gladstone business Freestyle Industries but its owners said better support could have kept the doors open.
The business was a favourite among the region's scooter riders.
A post on the Civic Video Gladstone Facebook page said the time had come for residents "to say goodbye" to the business.
THE end of an era was on the cards for Alison Harrington but it has come one year earlier than expected.
Alison's world was turned upside down last month when she found out her contract at the Dawson Rd Ubet agency would not be renewed.
A Gladstone business previously voted to serve the best coffee in central Queensland hit the market for $40,000.
Kin Coffee Co. opened at New Auckland in August 2018 and after serving up thousands of brews owner Sam Lintern has decided to sell.
GLADSTONE'S Gloria Jean's Coffees franchise has unexpectedly closed its doors.
In May, the franchise was posted for sale on the Commercial Real Estate website for $125,000.
THE Gladstone branch of a national hearing clinic chain has closed down.
Connect Hearing in West Gladstone shut its doors two weeks ago, leaving hundreds of clients in the dark.
THE kebab store at Dawson Highway's Nightowl Centre has been sold and it now has a new name.
Under new ownership and management, the store previously known as Damla Kebabs has been rebranded as Hero Kebabs.
Former owner of Agnes Water 14-year-old business Kachina Moon, Suzie Hagenbach told she had no regrets as the store was in safe hands.
New owner Tracy Bocos said buying the much-loved clothing and gift shop was part of building a future in which she and partner Ryan Lowe could be closer to their kids.
GLADSTONE'S love of Kmart doesn't appear to be waning with an eager crowd on site for the official reopening.
WELL-known pool experts Rhonda and Pat Henson have opened a new state-of-the-art store in Clinton to provide local pool owners with the latest in pool equipment and technology.
The couple had decided to consolidate their two previous Poolwerx stores in Gladstone and Tannum Sands and open a new store in a more convenient location to cater for the growth in pool owners.
EQUIPPED with a recipe from Germany, food trailer owner Monika Riedel is looking forward to the next chapter of her business.
The Hungry German, which was next to the Girl Guides building on Dawson Rd for 12 months, is moving to the Hilltop Central Cafe site on Goondoon St.
NEW Auckland residents will notice a change to their local supermarket in the next few weeks.
Spar Express has been bought by business partners Mark Dindas and Stevan Matovic, with the store now renamed to Spar Avion.
SAY Goodbye to Rocksalt Tannum Sands and say hello to the Truffle Pig.
The popular high-end restaurant is undergoing a re-branding to become a burger, pasta and smokehouse venue.
A PARTY craze that's caught the likes of the Kardashians has arrived in Gladstone, with a new event hire business, Evoque Occasions championing its cause.
ONE of Gladstone's favourite florists has outgrown it's previous home and bloomed into a new location.
After three years of sharing a shop with Naturally SAS Hair and Beauty, the Little Bloom Room has it's own store just two doors up from the previous location.
Crossfit Escape will be pushing for harder levels of fitness excellence, with new business owners Troy Robinson and Travis Williams recently taking the reins.
THE new owners of the Toolooa St Foodworks would like the community to know they are still open and are looking forward to a fresh start.
The store, formerly known as Foodworks Toolooa, is now called Foodworks South Gladstone.