Yoghurt, ice-cream for Rocky

FORGET Sydney and Brisbane.

An international fast food company will open its doors for the first time in Australia in mid-November, but you won't have to travel to the big cities to try it.

Instead, Fruitziyama general manager Michael Chaplya has chosen to launch the frozen yoghurt and ice-creamery to Aussies from the Beef Capital not once, but twice.

Fruitziyama is a self-service frozen yoghurt franchise that invites customers to use their imagination to mix yoghurts or ice cream with fruit, sauce and nut toppings.

The franchise has boomed in America for the past five years and Mr Chaplya thought it was time to take it abroad.

Mr Chaplya said the first store would open in a few weeks time on Rockhampton's hottest fast food corners, next-door to Australia's number one Eagle Boys Pizza and the number three Noodlebox on Musgrave Street.

Mr Chaplya said he was planning on opening in the big cities until he was told of the success of the two neighbouring food franchises on Musgrave Street by one of the owners, Jimmy Williams.

“I came to Rockhampton for the first time and Jimmy showed me around and told me about his stores,” he said.

“Now I live in Rockhampton and we are opening two stores.”

The second Fruitziyama store will open in Stockland in early December, providing four full-time and 14 new causal jobs to the region.

He said once the stores were fully operational and had proved a success he was going to open more stores around the country.

“Hopefully it will be popular,” he said.

Mr Chaplya also hoped to sell merchandise such as T-shirts and wristbands of the Yama Baby (pictured) with the proceeds going to a local charity.

The franchise has boomed in America for the past five years


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