Three big businesses are on the market.
Three big businesses are on the market.

Franchises offer boost to business

THERE seems to be no sign of a winter slowdown in Warwick as leases are signed and new opportunities crop up in the business world.

A raft of interesting franchise opportunities has opened in the blooming Rose City.

St George Springs housing development on Yangan Rd had plans approved for a retail arm by council a couple of years ago.

Though initial suggestions by the developers were the site would be ready for business last July, building is not yet complete.

However, advertisements calling for franchisees for three big companies will appear in Saturday's Domain section of the Daily News.

If the opportunities are taken up, Warwick could have itself a Pizza Capers, Baskin Robbins ice cream shop and a 24-hour Night Owl convenience store.

A childcare centre is also planned for the site.

In town, after being vacant for months, pizza shop Domino's on Albion St will now open by the end of the month.

A company spokeswoman said, though a franchisee had not yet been found, it would reopen under “corporate operation”.

“We'll still be looking for someone who wants to take it over as a franchise though,” she said.

The store is recruiting and the spokeswoman said typical branches take on anywhere between 15 and 20 employees.

“After being closed for months, we're looking forward to reopening in Warwick.

“We are constantly on the lookout for new staff.”

Investors' noses will be twitching at the thought of a purchase with real potential.

The Albion St site, which houses BP, Dominos and the new KFC building, is up for sale.

With three multi-national blue chip tenants, highway frontage and a gross rental income of $357,738.33 PA, the 4418 sqm piece of land could make an interesting acquisition.

While on the subject of KFC, Robert Koremans of PRD Nationwide confirmed owners of Stanthorpe's Quart Pot Bakehouse will open a new outlet in the former KFC site on Wood St.

The lease is due to be completed today and it is understood the new occupants will take a month or so to set up their business.

Another lease is being put through the final stages on Albion St.

Formerly the Seafood Inn, the business has been shut for over a year, but new tenants are close to finalising a takeover.

Mr Koremans was tight-lipped over what kind of business will move in, but said all would be revealed in due course.

Plans are progressing on the site on the corner of Wood and Wallace Sts, with the owner promising to give the Daily News a sneak peek at his plans for a new bottle-o at the former service station.

Criterion Hotel licensee Tony Prentice said he was finalising some paperwork then hoped to make a start on the shop and would reveal his plans on his next trip to Warwick tomorrow.

Owners of the Warwick Hotel, the Watt family, have also been busy, as well as opening a new wine bar and restaurant, they are working on progressing plans to open a bottle-o at the Koremans BP site.

Gary Watt was unavailable for comment yesterday but has been advertising the restaurant venture.

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