Redevelopment for garage site

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A PETROL station in Daventry is set to be transformed along with new retail units, creating jobs.

The Junction Services garage, at the corner of London Road and Western Avenue will get a new Budgens and a Subway sandwich shop, plus an upgraded forecourt.

The petrol station is owned by the Simon Smith Group.

Susie Hawkins, from the company, said: “We bought the patrol station a few years ago, when it was still an Esso forecourt.

“We switched over to Shell after a year or so when the contract ran out.

“It was always our plans to upgrade it, and we got planning permission to do so last year.

“The delay has just been down to getting all the plans in place and sorting everything out.”

The firm hopes the new convenience store and sandwich shop will be a hit with both motorists and nearby residents, plus businesses on the neighbouring industrial estates.

The new buildings and canopy will be in a very modern style.

Ms Hawkins said: “The Budgens will be 2,000 sq ft, and the Subway will be 800 sq ft, but they’ll have the same frontage and door.

“People will walk into the main building and go straight into the shop, but they can turn and go into the Subway unit.

“We’re a small family business from Gloucestershire and we already have a few petrol stations.

“This type of thing has worked well for us in the past – although this will be our first Subway – so we wanted to do it in Daventry as well.

“We think it’ll bring something new to the town that people will want.”

The company is now advertising for a manager for the site. The plan is to redevelop the forecourt and reopen it in the summer.

The plans show the new building and forecourt would keep approximately the same alignment as they have now, but with totally redesigned access from the two main roads.

There will still be a car wash, but moved to a new location.