Work is on track for NPD’s two new Timaru service stations to open before the end of 2020.
Chief executive Barry Sheridan said work was progressing steadily after earlier delays due because of Covid-19.
“At this stage we’re hoping Redruth will be open mid next month and Washdyke in time for Christmas.”
The Redruth station at 161 King St (State Highway 1) was originally earmarked to open in May with Washdyke, opposite Phar Lap Raceway (also SH1), scheduled for June.
“We’ve finished installing our tanks at both sites and the construction of the respective canopies is now underway.”
“Once they’re finished, we’ll move on to laying the concrete and asphalt, fencing and landscaping.
The 24/7 outlets will add to the company’s Evans St (SH1) site which has been operating since 2013 bringing the number of NPD sites to three in Timaru.
The Washdyke service station could create at least 15 new South Canterbury jobs, Sheridan said.
“When added, the Washdyke site will feature a 265 sq m convenience store.”
Sheridan said the new self serve sites will help the Timaru economy by providing lower fuel prices as well as employing South Canterbury contractors to assist with site development and ongoing site support and maintenance.
The Redruth site will have 12 refuelling locations – eight for light vehicles and four for trucks.
Washdyke, opposite Phar Lap Raceway, will have eight refuelling locations for light vehicles and eight for heavy vehicles.
“Both new Timaru sites will also offer 100Plus, NPD’s new high-octane performance petrol.”