Waitrose garage to close for five days
By Prue_Reid | Friday, November 30, 2012, 11:28
PORTISHEAD'S only fuel station is to close next week for a refurbishment – forcing motorists out of town to fill up their tanks.
The Waitrose garage at Cabstand is to close on Sunday from 9pm for five days.
The work is part of a changeover which will see Shell provide fuel for Waitrose filling stations across the country.
The garage is the only fuel filling station in Portishead and the work will mean motorists will have to travel out of town - or to the nearest pumps at the motorway services on the M5 at Gordano - for petrol or diesel.
A spokesman for Waitrose said: " From October 2012 Shell will be providing the fuel for the 13 Waitrose filling stations nationwide.
"This move will mean better products and services for Waitrose fuel customers, including new checkout technology and access to fuel promotions and the Shell Drivers' Club.
"The changes at our Portishead branch will be made during December 3-7.
"We have worked with Shell to ensure we minimise the impact on customers but the closure of the forecourt is necessary to allow the forecourts to be re-branded as Shell with new totems, re-branded pumps and canopy.
"The shop will remain under Waitrose branding and will continue to be staffed by Waitrose Partners.
"The filling station will be open on December 2, closing at 9pm, and will re-open on December 8 at 6am."
Plans for a second fuel station have been put forward as part of a retail development in the town.
Furniture giant Arthur Llewellyn Jenkins wants to build a new 45,000sq ft store, 10,000 sq ft retail unit and a fuel station on a 1.43 hectare site at Gordano Gate off Wyndham Way.
The retailer already has permission to build an 80,000 sq ft store and warehouse on the site - which is adjacent to the proposed new Sainsbury's store.
Supermarket giant Sainsburys had also hoped to find a site for a filling station as part of its plan to build a new 30,000 sq ft store on land at Serbert Way.
Councillors have said the closure raises again the need for additional fuel stations in Portishead.
Portishead councillor David Pasley said: "This again highlights the need for a second fuel station in Portishead.
"It just can't come soon enough."
Portishead currently has a population of around 22,000 which is expected to soar to 30,000 when
all the new housing developments are complete.