The long wait is over – Aylsham’s new petrol station and Marks and Spencer will be opening tomorrow morning, Wednesday July 26th.
The new £2m Burgh Road BP service station has been a hive of activity for the past 24 hours as staff worked through the night to stock the shelves.
When the ribbon is cut at 8.30am tomorrow it will mark the end of a decade-long fuel drought in Aylsham, with motorists having to head along the A140 to Alby or Roughton to fill up.
The garage, M&S Simply Food store and Wild Bean Café will be open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, according to service station manager Daniel Sirdar.
And the opening fuel prices went “live” on the board outside the new venture yesterday afternoon – £113.9 per litre for unleaded petrol, and £115.9 per litre for diesel.
The first customers will receive a range of discounts and a free bag for life for their shopping.
“The atmosphere’s been really good, positive and excited,” said Daniel, 28, who lives in Norwich. The new venture has created 23 jobs – four full-time.
“The site manager who was working here on the build said that in his eight years’ experience he had never had so many people trying to come on to a site and ask when it was opening!”
Daniel invited anyone with comments, criticisms and compliments about the new development to get in touch with him.
The service station also includes a toilet accessible to disabled people as well as a baby changing-room.
Lloyd Mills, chairman of Aylsham Town Council, said he was personally “very pleased” that the project had been completed.
“It will save people quite a long trip for fuel but I think the M&S shop has been raising even more interest than the garage!” he said.
Andrew Kenney, BP district manager said: “The new store and introduction of the M&S Simply Food range means we have been able to create 23 new jobs for people in the local area. It’ll be open late providing customers with a selected range of Marks & Spencer’s high quality fresh, innovative food alongside the best of BP fuels and our very own Wild Bean Café.”