Marlborough motorists are to get a new filling station after Wiltshire Council gave planning proposals the green light.
The £2 million development will be able to fuel eight vehicles at a time and will come with a Budgens convenience store, Subway food outlet, car wash, parking for 19 cars and 50 new jobs.
This week, bosses at the family-run Fraser Group said they were delighted by the planning decision and looking forward to an autumn opening of the facility, which will be known as Fraser Budgens of Marlborough.
Nick Fraser said: “We pride ourselves in our high standards of customer service and our sense of community.
“We will be undertaking a recruitment drive to find 50 enthusiastic and energetic employees to join our award-winning team.
“We’re committed to supporting other local businesses, and will be stocking local fresh and packaged produce while offering excellent value on big brands, hot drinks and food on-the-go.
“We’ve already had a terrific response from local people, and are really looking forward to becoming an important part of the Marlborough community.”
Proposals for the development passed smoothly through the planning process, with a thumbs up from Marlborough Town Council and Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, which welcomed the creation of employment opportunities on a currently vacant site. There were no objections from local residents or businesses.
Group operations manager Mark Wilson said building work at the site – at the front of Marlborough Business Park between Tesco and the town’s state-of-the-art dental surgery – should begin in July, with the facility opening to the public in October.
Fraser Group has a string of awards to its name including Best Forecourt Independent Retailer, a national title which it has won three times. The Marlborough filling station will be Frasers’ seventh site.