Richard Plukaard and Kaitlin McNeil at Eagle Boys Pizza in Gympie during the State of Origin.
Richard Plukaard and Kaitlin McNeil at Eagle Boys Pizza in Gympie during the State of Origin. Craig Warhurst

Eagle Boys fail to fly

EAGLE Boys franchisee Richard Plukaard this week confirmed the store was closed recently because of financial trouble.

The drive through pizza shop located on the corner of the Bruce Hwy and River Tce in Gympie opened in November 2009.

Mr Plukaard this week said the business was not able to break even and he made the decision to close the store.

"There were a lot of factors," he said.

"The costs of living are going up. We hoped it would do better...

"We've had a lot of phone calls from schools and others that we did discounted work for.

"It's difficult, we did what we did and we tried to make it work."

Mr Plukaard said a "lot of money" was pumped into the business.

"Had it been a success it would have been a big one."

He has lived in Gympie since 1991 and is now trying to find full time work in Gympie.

But there were a lot of people looking for work, he said.

"At the moment I've picked up some part time work... but I may have to go out of town."

Eagle Boys is just one of a few businesses that have either downsized of been forced to close in the region since the economic downturn.

A public relations spokesman for Eagle Boys Australia said the store would re-open in a short time.