CONSTRUCTION has begun on a new service station on Anderson Street, Leongatha that promises to bring “cheaper petrol and greater competition” to the town when it opens mid-year.
The new service station is being built by United Petroleum and will be the Australian company’s first retailer in South Gippsland.
As well as selling fuel, the business will incorporate a large convenience store and a ‘Pie Face’ bakery/café.
United Petroleum’s chief operating officer David Szymczak said the business was expected to be open by June, “give or take a month,” providing part time and full time employment for up to six people.
Mr Szymczak said United Petroleum was excited about the expansion into South Gippsland and he expected the move to stimulate “lots of economic activity” in the area.
“We’re a young, growing company and we see Leongatha as an important location for our customers.
“We’re quite strong throughout Gippsland but this is our first site in South Gippsland.
And we’re looking forward to bringing cheaper petrol to Leongatha. And greater competition.”
According to Mr Szymczak, construction of the service station, on the corner of Shingler Street and Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) is a project that’s been “years in the making” and the June 2019 opening is “probably not” in accordance with the original timeline, due to delays over the Christmas period.
“The process of applying to council took about a year and then Christmas basically slows everything down. It really delays every project,” he said.