Take off at airport servo
A NEW BP service station near Hervey Bay airport will open at 5am on Monday completing the first stage of the $17 million Airport Service Centre development.
Reliance Petroleum building project manager Dooley Perkins said the complex included a 2go convenience store with an automatic teller machine, hot food, coffee, bait, ice and groceries, the latest pumps with retractable hoses and wide turning circles to accommodate vehicles as large as buses and B-double trucks.
He expects the service station will attract customers from the nearby industrial and commercial precincts, airport visitors, sportspeople from nearby clubs and tourists and residents travelling to and from Fraser Island, River Heads and Maryborough.
The service station, bordered by Booral Road, Don Adams Drive and William Dean Drive, will be open from 5am to 9pm daily.
Glen Winney, the director of local consortium Airport Service Centre, said he first approached BP about the site in 2007 and full planning began about July last year with the final construction stage under way during the past five months.
He said BP had taken a long-term lease of 10 years plus.
“It's a long-term proposition for BP and for us as landlords,” Mr Winney said.
The next stage includes a car wash and a 1500sq m convenience centre with a supermarket and specialty stores such as a bottle shop and a butcher, he said.
“We'll probably start by November and we should have stage two done by April next year,” Mr Winney said.