Health food cafe hopes to open in Gladstone
HEALTH food cafe Raw Energy is aiming to triple its store numbers over the next three years, and is looking at Gladstone as one of its sites.
Raw Energy's managing director Matt Hope said growth of the region had put Gladstone firmly on the radar.
The franchise has experienced growth in its stores thanks to a shift towards healthier eating and living by consumers.
"Australians are becoming increasingly health conscious and interested in healthy food as a way of managing health issues such as weight, cholesterol and general wellbeing," Mr Hope said.
"Mothers and young adults in particular are happy to spend money on healthy food when they know they are receiving a high quality, nutritious meal, as opposed to fast food with next to no nutritional value."
The selection of Gladstone was based on a strong footprint of its prime target market, a robust local economy, a higher than average household income in the area and an opportunity to provide a wider range of healthy food options than are available.
Raw Energy has been in business for 12 years, growing from one café in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast to six franchises spread along the east coast.
Mr Hope said the business had already had a number of enquiries from people in the area about taking on a franchise.