Richmond gas station to reopen after fire

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Pictured: Chris Collier.

A Richmond gas station destroyed by fire is due to reopen later this month.

Harvest Energy announced that its Victoria Road service station in Richmond on Thursday April 14.

The former Harvest Energy site has been renamed TotalEnergies.

It will include a Morrisons daily store, a Costa Express, a new hot food offering and an ATM.

The company said that instead of rebuilding the site with a typical forecourt roof, the Victoria Road service station was built with a ‘continuous-fronted terrace roof in natural blue slate, with the main area flat-roofed rear”.

Ian Woodcock, Retail Manager at Harvest Energy, said: “We are delighted to re-open the Victoria Road service station and very much look forward to serving the local community again.

“As a forward-thinking organisation, we have worked closely with local authorities to ensure that the new site remains compatible with its residential environment.

“We understand that there is a rapidly growing trend for forecourts to serve as more than just a place to stock up on fuel, and Victoria Road Service Station is no different.

“We would like to thank the local community for their patience over the past two years, and we look forward to welcoming them to the renovated site very soon.”

The gas station burned down on August 14, 2020.

An electrical fault in a cooling unit is believed to have caused the fire, according to the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Last year, Harvest Energy was hailed by local community leaders when it agreed to scale back its reconstruction plans.

The company originally proposed to launch a 24-hour shop on the site, creating the equivalent of five full-time jobs.

He had also said that his gas station should be bigger and incorporate parking spaces for the store.

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