Why Shane Heal slam-dunked Rocky

HE MAY have just slam-dunked Rockhampton, but former Boomer and business entrepreneur Shane Heal is confident of bouncing quickly back to the Beef Capital.

Last week the Australian basketball great cut his ties as owner of the popular Noodle Box store in Rockhampton's Musgrave St.

And though he still retains ownership of the Eagle Boys pizza store a couple of shops away, this has been on the market for more than a year.

The store is recognised as one of Queensland's busiest and has a $650,000 asking price.

Yesterday Heal said his business interests were going in a new direction, predominantly based on the Gold Coast.

He said he was focused on building up the main brand he now owned, Urban Burger.

Once that is done, he hopes to see an Urban Burger store open in the Beef Capital.

“We should be able to bring this to Rockhampton in the next 12 to 18 months,” Heal said.

“I think it will be a great brand for Rockhampton.”

He said Rockhampton was a good place to run a business.

“Rockhampton has been a really great place for us,” Heal said.

“But I believe in this sort of community you really need a local operator and it doesn't make sense for someone on the Gold Coast to be running things.”

A spokeswoman for Noodle Box yesterday said the store should be reopened next week.

The spokeswoman said the store would be bigger and better.

Noodle Box itself will run the operation.

“We will make a few changes to enhance things,” the spokeswoman said.

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