A CONTROVERSIAL service station has opened on a beachside suburb, almost two years after its development application was rejected by Sunshine Coast Council.

Late last week 7-Eleven opened its newest Coast store, located at 150-156 Yandina-Coolum Rd, Coolum Beach.

It is the latest of a number of new 7-Eleven locations under construction across the state, to better serve the needs of Queensland’s “booming” areas.

Demolition work for the servo began in January, at the site where Coolum Markets shopping complex once was.

The service station was met with concern from its neighbouring residents, which included one of the region’s last remaining video shops.

In September 2017 a development application was rejected by Sunshine Coast Council, who advised the proposal did not comply with the Coolum local plan code, service station code and transport and parking code among others.

Development Watch president Lyn Saxton wrote to the council at the time outlining the group’s concerns about the proposal, notably, how close it was to a pedestrian crossing heavily used by school students, and the regular traffic jams created at the roundabout during school hours.

Despite the rejection, the decision was overturned in the Planning and Environment Court almost a year after it was knocked back.

Experienced store manager Pru Taylor, who has been working with 7-Eleven for the past two years, is excited to be leading a team of Coolum Beach locals to serve the needs of local shoppers.

“I am excited to be leading such a wonderful team in my local community,” Ms Taylor said.

“We are looking forward to opening our doors and getting to know our new customers. We think locals will love our convenient location and the incredible value we offer, including our freshly ground coffee for just $1.”

The store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Extracted from Sunshine Coast Daily