Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Filling station gets a £2m facelift

A new petrol station development that has created 40 jobs and has the potential for 40 more is set to open outside Holywood this week.

Torgrange Filling Station has been given a £2m revamp by local entrepreneur Noel Murphy, which has resulted in the construction of a 12,000 sq ft retail complex with four shops.

The complex will house a 3,000 sq ft Spar convenience store, incorporating a Subway franchise and Tim Hortons Coffee and Doughnuts, Grange Wine Merchants and Fine Wine Shop, a Bank of Ireland ATM and BP filling station.

The Spar supermarket store is set to employ 20 full and part-time staff, Subway 15 employees and Grange Wine Merchants eight employees.

The developers said there is potential for the creation of a further 40 positions once the additional retail units are let.

Tom Bell, retail operations manager, said: “Work commenced on the development in June of this year and is progressing on schedule. We are very impressed with the high quality of finish and the contractor’s attention to detail.

“Torgange Retail Development benefits from the passing trade of over 40,000 vehicles per day, which combined with the developments high end qualities makes Torgrange the perfect one-stop-shop catering to everyone’s needs.”

Stuart Draffin from BTWShiells commercial property agents said: “Torgrange Filling Station will enhance in critical mass its Bangor to Belfast dual carriageway location following the opening of the complex in late November. The development will provide a much welcomed convenience store, fast food restaurant and off license to the mix as well as generous car parking. This represents a fantastic opportunity for all involved, raising the profile of the Holywood site.”

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