The Business Beat – March Edition

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Here’s what’s been happening on the Ipswich business scene during the past month.

Goodbye Sizzler, hello Taco Bell?
Yeeeeee-hah! Tex Mex could very well be making an appearance in Ipswich in one of the city’s most iconic locations – the Sizzler Booval site.
According to ‘Your Neighbourhood’, a development application has been lodged for a Fast Food Restaurant with drive-through, to be located at 70 Brisbane Road, East Ipswich. Designed by WBP Architecture, the proposal is to redevelop the existing Sizzler Restaurant to accommodate a single fast food restaurant with drive through and signage located on the south eastern portion of the site.
The proposal seeks a single storey building fronting both Brisbane Road and Barrett Street and will retain an existing tree onsite and install 2 mature palm trees placed within the new landscaping frontage. Development Details also include:
– Car parking rearrangement
– 250sqm gross floor area
– 58sqm outdoor dining area
– Drive through (12 car queing)
– Loading/ service bay
– Boundary landscaping
– 50 car parks (1 PWD bay)
– Opening 24 hours, 7 days of the week.
What do you think about the proposed Taco Bell? Have you had a chance to try the popular Tex Mex cuisine at their Annerley store? Do you think Ipswich needs another 24/7 fast food option, or do you wish something else would be built in it’s place?

Fourthchild Turns 5:
Finally some good news for the Top of Town business precinct after the closure of Gemutlich and Cactus Espresso, with Fourthchild celebrating their fifth birthday!
Taking to Facebook, the team wrote: “It has been a fantastic ride and we are so grateful to the Ipswich community for supporting us all of these years!
“A big thank you from us (Ross, Christine, Jess and all our staff) for trusting us to serve you our delicious meals, freshly made cakes and piping hot coffee every day.
“We look forward to seeing you all in the café soon.”
Considering the café also just announced their expansion to popular food delivery app, UberEats, we expect more big things from Fourthchild in 2019.

New five-storey medical centre for CBD
There will be no questioning that Ipswich CBD has a thriving health precinct now that approval has been given for a five-storey medical centre in Pring Street.
The centre is planned for 11 Pring Street on a block opposite St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital.
According to Ipswich First, a town planning report lodged with Ipswich City Council details a two-stage approach to the precinct.
“Stage one will consist of the ground storey car park and storeys one, two plus roof capping and will include a total of 1,412 square metres of gross floor area,” the application states.
“Stage two consists of storeys three, four plus roof capping and will contain a total of 1,146 square metres of gross floor area.”
The centre would be in the Ipswich Planning Scheme CBD – Medical Services Zone which aims to attract developments that complement St Andrews Private Hospital and the Ipswich Hospital.
“The medical centre will be used for medical offices and consulting rooms only, it will not be used for any procedures or ‘day surgery’ uses,” the application states.
Whilst the list of tenants has not been revealed, residents can expect services along the lines of a podiatrist, chiropractor, GP clinic, optometrist and pathologist.
Twenty-four car parks will be created as part of the development.
“The proposed medical centre will gain direct access off Pring Street in the south east corner of the premises,” the application states.
The presence of health providers in the CBD is expected to grow significantly in the coming decade, which is unsurprising considering the city’s population surge – currently sitting at 218,000 and expected to top 500,000 by 2041.

Share your business beat news…
Celebrating a big milestone, expanding your business or have insider knowledge on new development plans for Ipswich? Email us to feature in the next edition of the Business Beat at aislinn@strikepublications.com.au.

Photo: The Fourthchild team are celebrating their 5th Birthday in Ipswich’s Top of Town.
Source: Fourthchild Cafe Restaurant and Lounge Bar’s Facebook page.