Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Pizza Stores Part of the Family; Heilbronns Run Three Eagle Boys Stores in Region

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Pizza Stores Part of the Family; Heilbronns Run Three Eagle Boys Stores in Region

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FIRM FOCUS

with Ashley Jones

THE Heilbronn family, who have run the successful Eagle Boys pizza store at Raceview since 2011, took over the North Ipswich franchise in June this year.

Tracey and Wayne Heilbronn's son Jessee is taking the store manager role at North Ipswich.

It is a family business and each share in the franchisee of the stores, but for Jessee Heilbronn, just 20 years old, the opportunity to manage the day-to-day operation is a "wonderful opportunity and shows the confidence my parents have in me".

Eagle Boys Pizza is an Australian owned and operated network that began as a single pizza store in Albury, New South Wales, in 1987 and has grown to become one of Australia's largest pizza makers.

Eagle Boys Pizza stores are across Australia, numbering more than 330, and take pride in offering a variety of products including gourmet pizzas, gluten-free, low fat and healthy options.

According to Eagle Boys Corporate, the cornerstone of the Eagle Boys network is passion. The business thrives because of this passion and dedication shown by franchisees, team members and support office staff. Locally, this is well displayed by the Heilbronn family.

"I worked at the Redbank Plains Eagle Boys store in late 2007 and did that for a year. I then went to a competitor for a few years, where I managed the store," Jessee Heilbronn said. This experience set him up for this opportunity.

"My father has been in the transport business for many years and after school I was looking at doing uni. But I took a gap year and then the family decided to look at a business venture and we chose Eagle Boys," he said.

His previous experience with the company and the product range was what convinced the family it was the right choice.

A family business can bring its own tensions, but each has their own role. "We've really enjoyed working together and it's been a good experience owning the store at Raceview," Mrs Heilbronn said.

"When we started out we had in mind that we would end up taking on another franchise eventually, although we didn't think it would be this soon."

Mrs Heilbronn will now run the Raceview store on her own. …

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