31 BUSINESSES: What's opened, closed in Ipswich this year

PLENTY has changed in business in Ipswich this year and there is plenty more to come.

From fast food and small family-owned businesses to international retailers and chain stores, the city's shoppers and diners have experienced a steady flow of change.

Some businesses have moved into town while others have packed their tills and left.

Here's how the year in business has unfolded so far.


Wild Rose Cottage

TUCKED away in suburbia, neighbouring family homes and sitting conveniently along the daily school run, a common thread is emerging in Ipswich's cafe culture.

Tables and chairs are going out on the footpaths, and vacant buildings are being brought to back to life as small business owners increasingly show a willingness to give Ipswich's suburbs the chance to thrive.

Among them is the freshest cafe on the block, Wild Rose Cottage, which opened on January 8.


NEW BUSINESS: Sharon and Graeme Harland saw great potential for a cafe at Newtown.
NEW BUSINESS: Sharon and Graeme Harland saw great potential for a cafe at Newtown. Emma Clarke

Jordan Hewitt

THREE generations of fashion designers and fashion enthusiasts are the passion behind a new dress making venture.

'Nanna', Josephine Garner, is helping granddaughters Sarah, 14, and Alexis, 12, bring their formal wear dreams to life, designing, sewing and creating exclusive pieces from their Bundamba business.

Named Jordan Hewitt, after Mr Garner's grandson, the fashion venture is based on Australian made quality, designed with all body shapes in mind.

The dresses are already stocked in North Ipswich formal wear store Beautiful Moments Formal and Bridal.

Jordan Hewitt designers Marlene Millers, Josephine Garner and Dee Holledge.
Jordan Hewitt designers Marlene Millers, Josephine Garner and Dee Holledge. Rob Williams

Giggles Hair Studio and Cafe

IT WILL be all smiles at a local hairdressers tomorrow when the ever-popular Giggles boutique opens the doors to its new venture - a cafe.

Giggles Hair Studio owner Kritsy Midgley and her team are celebrating 10 years of business success and will now serve shakes and coffee at the East Ipswich business.

Ms Midgley first opened Giggles Hair Studio at Bundamba in 2008 before the business quickly outgrew the shop and she moved to East Ipswich.

Giggles Hair, Coffee and Beauty owner Kristy Midgley and Teneale Bartsh enjoying a coffee from the new cafe.
Giggles Hair, Coffee and Beauty owner Kristy Midgley and Teneale Bartsh enjoying a coffee from the new cafe. David Nielsen

Ipswich Homebase

A SUBURABN Ipswich shopping centre has sold for close to $37 million.

Ipswich Homebase at West Ipswich sold for $36.25 million this week, close to $14 million more than what it sold for five years ago.

The centre is home to Fantastic Furniture, Spotlight, Forty Winks, Chemist Warehouse, T.K. Maxx and IGA supermarket and last sold in February 2013 for $23.5 million.

CENTRE SOLD: Ipswich Homebase at West Ipswich sold for $36.25 million.
CENTRE SOLD: Ipswich Homebase at West Ipswich sold for $36.25 million. Contributed


Switch Nightclub

THE glitter has settled and the DJs are silent at Ipswich's most hyped nightclub.

Switch Nightclub has not opened since before Christmas amid fears the venue has suffered the same ill-fate as the multiple failed nightclubs that once called the Brisbane St venue home.

The nightclub did not host a New Years Eve party and has not opened  this year.


THE closure of the Steggles chicken processing plant at Wulkuraka this month will cost the state's economy up to $150 million.

The gross value of Queensland's poultry production in 2017-18 is expected to decrease by 14 per cent from last financial year as a result of the closure of the Baiada processing plant.

Autocare Ipswich

AFTER 35 years servicing Ipswich customers, one of the city's most well-known businesses is about to undergo its first major change.

AutoCare has been a constant fixture on Brisbane St since it opened in 1983, even withstanding devastating flooding and living to tell the tale.

After decades in the same place, owner Richard Peasey is packing up the tools and re-locating to a new, bigger and better serviced workshop in West Ipswich.

Richard Peasey of Autocare Ipswich is in the process of moving his mechanic business to Hooper Street, West Ipswich.
Richard Peasey of Autocare Ipswich is in the process of moving his mechanic business to Hooper Street, West Ipswich. David Nielsen


Chicken farm

A POULTRY farmer says red tape has halted his plans to expand to more than half a million chickens after an appeal court ruled this week that foul odours would be too strong for the community.

Poultry farm owner Douglas Phipps downplayed the impact of the potential smell saying his family "was trying to do good things for society but had run into bureaucracy".

He said local jobs were a strong focus of the expansion plans and that the development even had two letters of support from the most immediate neighbours who were happy for the expansion to go ahead.

That Yellow Place

THAT Yellow Place has been given a new lease on life.

What was once a run-down, abandoned shop at Peak Crossing has been transformed into a creative hub of eclectic furniture, hand-made arts and crafts and unique and vintage home wares.

A lot has changed at the old shop since business owner Gail Tarrant took over last November but there's one thing that hasn't changed. It's always been yellow. Ms Tarrant said choosing the name That Yellow Place was obvious.



World Gym

WORLD Gym at Bundamba debuted in March, with father-and-son team Dominic and Darcy Edwards working around the clock to meet the 'fitness buzz' deadline.

They were prepared for what they expect will be a gym on a scale unlike others in Ipswich with members already lining up to claim their spot.

The purpose-built club, which has already started a 'cult fitness following' around the world, is spread across a massive 1800sqm.


Haiglsea truck stop

DEVELOPERS have taken the next step in a 'mega truck stop' potentially worth tens of millions of dollars and creating hundreds of jobs on the Warrego Hwy.

Plans have been in place for close to 20 years for an empty patch of dirt beside the highway at Haigslea to be transformed into a massive truck stop, service centre and hotel.

This month planners RPS submitted fresh development applications to Ipswich City Council on behalf of land holders and developers EMAAAS.


Ipswich Mall

EXCLUSIVE images from 120m above the Ipswich Mall redevelopment show the full extent of what's happening behind the metal fence.

The Amberley RAAF base was de-activated on a weekend, allowing drone access to otherwise excluded flight zones above the Ipswich CBD.

The footage and images show the shell of the old Woolworths store with the roof and internal walls removed, a flattened car park, torn-up bricks and rubble where there were shops and businesses.



IT TOOK close to 500 people to make it happen but one of the city's most significant employees is running at maximum capacity - and they need all the help they can get.

A major expansion at meat processing plant JBS at Dinmore meant managers had to find hundreds of people to fill extra rolls immediately if the plant was able to process the extra cattle.

That was in February and since then 487 people have got a new job at the plant - but they still need more.

Production is at a two-year high.

Five Ways Cafe

ALL is quiet at once bustling lunch hot spot at a major intersection in Ipswich - and it has been all year.

Five Ways Cafe at the iconic five ways at Newtown opened in great fan fare in November but a month later the stoves went cold, the coffee machine ran dry and the lights were turned off.

That was close to four months ago and despite repeated promises of reopening to hopeful diners earlier this year, the once-popular destination is still deserted.

In December, owners said they had shut for 'a few weeks', later the same year they promised to re-open after Christmas, in early January, it was announced doors would open in 'a few weeks'.

In late January, re-opening was promised for mid-February, in early February it was delayed to March, and on March 16, re-opening was promised for mid-April.

In late March, Managing Director Alan Ikin said the extended closure has been frustrating, but necessary and doors would re-open in April.

Since then, signage outside the building has been taken down and managers have not returned calls.

A recorded phone message at the cafe says it is closed until February.

"The reason we haven't opened is because we've been held up," Mr Ikin told the QT on March 28.

The Fiveways Cafe is still closed.
The Fiveways Cafe is still closed. Rob Williams


The Dam Shed

KNOWN best as an ice-cream and sunscreen pit stop destination, an ionic Somerset Dam business will evolve into an up-market restaurant and tavern.

The Dam Shed, on the bank of picturesque Somerset Dam, has been a fixture at the popular tourist destination since 2015 but the owners have grand plans to turn the family business into something else.

The plans include a restaurant venue and licenced bar that will sell food drinks as well as take-away liquor and entertainment.

Springfield Lakes South Neighbourhood Centre

A NEW shopping centre, child care centre, car wash and service station is planned for a huge vacant bush block on a suburban intersection at Springfield Lakes.

A development application was submitted to Ipswich City Council this week, nominating a corner block on Grande Ave and Springfield Greenbank Arterial as the ideal place for the business hub - Springfield Lakes South Neighbourhood Centre.

Plans include a neighbourhood shopping centre with a supermarket, shops, commercial premises, restaurant and fast food outlets and a child care centre.

Australian Wild Camel Corporation

A CAMEL farm near Ipswich has been earmarked for transformation into an up-market tourist destination with a farmstay and bed and breakfast.

The Australian Wild Camel Corporation has applied to the Scenic Rim Regional Council to include a tourist facility, cafe, gift shop, farmstay, bed and breakfast, and farm and camel tours on their existing camel farm at Harrisville.

The potential for camel races to be held at the property is also included in the development application.

Vogue News

FOR the first time in decades, Mike Boyland will wake on Monday morning and not have to throw rolled up newspapers onto the front lawns of his many loyal customers.

For close to 40 years, the Vogue News owner has risen at 1.30am to deliver papers and work 12-hour days at his Ipswich business.

Having enjoyed only two holidays since he and wife Lynn bought the business in 1981, the family is preparing to close the newsagency they have poured unquantifiable hours, blood, sweat and tears into.


Springfield Masters

DEVELOPERS who bought the old Masters site at Springfield Central are ready to start making some changes to the derelict warehouse.

Ipswich City Council this month approved a development application for the site for owners Home Consortium to put up multiple billboards revealing their plans.

There are some strict conditions however - the eight signs must not read 'Springfield' but 'Springfield Central'.

The old Masters Springfield site could become a Homemaker centre.
The old Masters Springfield site could become a Homemaker centre.


Keema Automotive

WORK on a planned prestigious new-car showroom in Ipswich could begin within months as Keema Automotive Group moves closer to selecting a builder.

Located near McDonald's on Augusta Parkway, the "ultra-modern" car dealership is brainchild of prominent Brisbane car dealer and CEO of Keema Automotive Group, Ted Van Riel.

Keema Automotive Group.
Keema Automotive Group.


Coffee Anda

AN IPSWICH café that last year opened in a historic building has closed.

The owners of Coffee Anda at Woodend, near the Ipswich train station, announced Sunday, April 29 would be their last day of trading.

Popular cafe Coffee Anda has closed.
Popular cafe Coffee Anda has closed. Helen Spelitis



Johnny Ringo's

THE future of one of the city's most anticipated night hot spots is unclear.

Johnny Ringo's on Brisbane St has not opened since at least early May and there is no sign as to if or when country music fans will get their watering hole back.

The 'honky tonk' bar and resident bucking bull Ranga were a popular fixture during the CMC Rocks festival in March and the bar has been a hit with locals on the weekends.

Ranga the bull
Ranga the bull Rob Williams


McConochies Bakery

WHAT used to be a morning and afternoon tea institution in the Ipswich suburbs is now no longer.

McConochies Bakery on Blackstone Rd at Eastern Heights was once a hub for school kids and families who used to pop in for a sausage roll, sandwich, cake of loaf of bread.

After decades in the business, the bakery has closed its doors to retail customers.

McConochies bakery at Eastern Heights is closed to retail.
McConochies bakery at Eastern Heights is closed to retail. Emma Clarke


Club Metro

A RE-INVENTED classic Ipswich nightclub is weeks away from making its bold return.

Close to a year after the old Metropole Hotel and Club Metro quietly served their last drinks and closed the doors, the original founder is back in town and ready to give it another crack.

Renovations are almost finished and plans are in place for the grand opening on May 25.


WE'RE BACK: Jason Trembath is re-opening club Metro in Brisbane St, a few hundred metres from its original home in the Top of Town.
WE'RE BACK: Jason Trembath is re-opening club Metro in Brisbane St, a few hundred metres from its original home in the Top of Town. Rob Williams


Wood 'n' Shabby

A CRAFTY family behind a new handmade business in Ipswich is so big on recycling they even up-cycled the old shop they've moved into.

Wood n Shabby is a combination of art and craft talent by brother and sister-in-law David Davies and Gail Williams and their family members Jane Davies and Peter Williams.

Together, the family hand makes, crafts, designs, photographs and builds a selection of unique home wares and furniture.

Wood n Shabby has transformed a disused property display centre opposite Coles Silkstone and the next door housing estate.


Silkstone Village

DEVELOPERS have plans to expand a suburban shopping centre that was built on the site of the old Bremer High School.

It has been a year since the $85m Silkstone Village shopping centre and housing development rose from the dust on the demolished school site on Grange Rd.


Coronation Hotel

ONE of Ipswich's favourite little pubs is lined up for refurbishments the owners hope will widen its appeal.

After closing for a week following the departure of the previous leasee, Coronation Hotel owner David McLean said the pub would reopen for business at noon Thursday.

Only the main bar will remain closed as the McLean family - which has owned the pub since 1986 - plans changes to the interior layout.

Here's how the rest of the year will play out.


David McLean in the Coronation Hotel.
David McLean in the Coronation Hotel. Rob Williams



Carl's Jr Burger

THE city's newest Carl's Jr Burger is only months away from opening as the excitement for an influx of American retailers builds in Ipswich.

Construction is well underway at the Carl's Jr Burger new site at One Mile, the second in Ipswich after the Redbank Plains store opened earlier this year.

Builders are on track to finish work ahead of the grand opening scheduled in June.


SEVENTY hard-working and punctual people will be sought to serve the fries and wipe the tables at McDonald's latest store.

The Ipswich City Council this week facilitated construction of the fourth McDonald's store in the Greater Springfield area.

The three existing franchises at Augustine Heights, Orion Springfield and Springfield Lakes, and the newest store on Parkway Drive, are owned by Lisa Mackintosh.


Carl's Jr Burger

AMERICAN fast food giant Carl's Jr Burger has plans to expand their restaurant footprint even further in Ipswich.

A third restaurant is marked for a suburb outside the CBD as the company behind Carls' Jr Burger in Australia, Bansal Group, prepare to open the second restaurant in the coming months.

The Bansal Group has been tight-lipped on the exact location.



IT'S only a matter of months until the new Costso is expected to open at Bundamba but there is still nothing happening on the vacant block of dirt.

There has been no movement on the massive site at Bundamba since the block was flattened in November and with the build originally expected to take eight months, work would need to start by May for the store to be open by Christmas.

The company is unable to say when construction will start but anticipate groundbreaking will happen within the next two months.

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