Declan Cooley, 12 November 2015

THE Coles Express service station on Toolooa St in Gladstone is closing down.

As of 7pm next Sunday motorists looking to refuel or get in a quick shop will have to head further down the road to the United or Caltex service station.

Lou Maday who uses the service station most days said he was sad to see the service station go.

“It’s a shame because it’s cheap. There aren’t too many places you can get a loaf of bread for a dollar,” he said.

Lou said he had been living close to the service station for years and always shopped and refueled at the station.

“I’ve got plenty of mates who live just around the corner and they always duck in to pick up milk or the papers,” he said.

The site of the service station is owned by HALJELAR PTY LTD.

The closure of the Coles Express station may affect businesses in the immediate area, as we understand both Pronto Autoglass and Fastways Couriers are owned by the same company.

Owner of Fastways Couriers, Max Rowe, said he was looking to shift to a new premises to secure cheaper rent.

“I’ve been told that my rent will be going up next year and like any business in Gladstone I’ve got my employees to look after,” he said.

“In Gladstone we’re going through some of the roughest times I’ve seen.”

The Observer is waiting on a response from Coles.

Extracted in full from the Gladstone Observer.