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Co Tyrone 'service station site' attracting UK and Irish interest

By John Mulgrew

A large Co Tyrone site which has planning permission for a service station and other businesses has already attracted interest from a number of investors and developers amid growing demand for roadside schemes.

The area, which is located between the A4 Annaghilla, A5 Tullyvar and Tullybryan Roads in Ballygawley extends to more than five acres.

It already has outline planning permission for a "service station and other amenities".

A price for the site has not been released. Stuart Draffin, director at Lambert Smith Hampton, said there has been major interest in the site.

"This site is located on one of the busiest junctions in Northern Ireland and has already attracted a high level of interest from operators, investors and developers throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.

"The development will likely include a strong convenience and food offering, complementing the filling station."

He added: "The confidence in this type of development has risen significantly due to the success of the new Applegreen petrol filling stations on the M1 and M2."

Applegreen has expanded quickly across Northern Ireland since opening its first motorway service station between Glengormley and Templepatrick.

It now has five locations in Northern Ireland, along with more than 200 across the Republic and the rest of the UK.

It also has around a dozen sites in the US.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last year, founder and chief executive Bob Etchingham, said Donald Trump's election victory would have no impact on Applegreen's plans to open seven branches here.

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