The second petrol station in Alnwick, which has sat vacant for more than a year, is finally due to reopen tomorrow, bringing 18 new jobs to the town.
As reported in the Gazette last month, site owners the Northumberland Estates has signed a deal with Rontec, a leading operator in the industry with more than 200 forecourts across England and Wales, operating under the Shop’N Drive brand, for the site at Cawledge.
And this week, Rontec’s operations director, Giles Taylor, confirmed that nine jobs have been created so far with a further nine to follow around the start of May.
The filling station first opened in June 2012, but closed in December after the initial tenant had a number of problems and could not meet the demand for fuel at the site.
Rontec’s Shop’N Drive convenience store, together with BP fuel, will be available to motorists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
l Cawledge could also become the location for a McDonald’s in the town, a prospect which has sparked plenty of debate among residents.
As yet, there are no confirmed plans, but the fast-food giant has said that it has its eye on a restaurant in Alnwick.
Plus, there is an extant outline planning permission for a drive-thru restaurant, which was approved as part of the development of the petrol station.
Under the conditions, a detailed application would have to be submitted by November next year.
As of yesterday, a poll on the Gazette website showed 660 people (60 per cent) in favour of McDonald’s and 445 against.