PIZZA Capers is Stockland Hervey Bay's newest resident - and the centre's manager Paul Kelsey says customers can expect more big retailers to follow suit early next year.
The gourmet pizza store moved from Bay Plaza shopping centre to Stockland and started serving its customers last night.
Pizza Capers Hervey Bay franchisee Craig Calcutt said the move has been in the making for several months now.
"We are excited that we have finally moved," Mr Calcutt said.
"Our innovative menu and gourmet pizza flavours are always a hit with locals and we're glad to be serving them at Stockland which is the new social hub for shopping."
Although Pizza Capers will not have more franchises around the Bay, Mr Calcutt said their Stockland store had a bright future.
Mr Kelsey said so far there were 85 retailers at the centre and at least five more would open soon.
"Just Cuts, Hairhouse Warehouse, Petbarn and a 24-hour national gym will be the new tenants alongside other national and independent retailers to be announced soon," Mr Kelsey said.
"We would like to encourage more home-grown local entrepreneurs to establish their own thriving small businesses at the centre."
He said responses from the community to the centre had been incredible
"We receive constant feedback from customers that they love the new centre's design and retail mix," he said.