Greggs could come to Castle Point gas station

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HUNGRY motorists will soon be able to enjoy Greggs pastries while refueling their vehicles at the Castle Point service station.

Bosses at the ESSO gas station on Somnes Avenue, run by Motor Fuel Group (MFG), have applied to build a Greggs food court and five electric vehicle charging stations.

MFG, the UK’s largest forecourt operator with more than 900 locations, says the plans will create up to eight new jobs and provide drivers with an “enhanced retail experience”.

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To make way for the new facilities, the existing car wash and station building will be demolished, if plans are approved by Castle Point Council.

“It’s always a good thing when these big companies come to Canvey,” said councilor Dave Blackwell, head of the council.

“I’m sure our residents will appreciate being able to pick up a sausage roll on the way to work in the morning.

“It would be a bit of a shame to lose the car wash as it was quite handy to have one there, but as a council we are always looking to welcome new businesses to the area, and that would be a great boost for the patrol post. .”

The Greggs stand will offer a limited range of hot and cold snacks and drinks, which includes coffee, as well as a range of hot and cold pastries, planning documents reveal.

The proposed booth will be operated by five full-time and three part-time employees.

“Improved retail store merchandising, dining facilities and electric vehicle charging are a major trend in a modern service station that must evolve in response to meet changing consumer needs and aspirations,” planning documents at Application status support.

“With the trend of electric vehicles replacing combustion engine vehicles as the primary transportation solution for mass transit, a significant hurdle to overcome is providing a viable charging solution. It is essential that a fully developed electric vehicle charging infrastructure is established in the UK.

Service station opening hours will remain 24 hours a day.

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