Plans have been unveiled for a new multimillion-dollar service station in Launceston.

A development application was lodged with the City of Launceston Council for the construction of an On The Run (OTR) service centre at 90-92 Hobart Rd, Kings Meadows.

According to its website, OTR has more than 200 stores across the country. If built Kings Meadows would be its first Tasmanian location.

The South Australian-based franchise sells a blend of traditional convenience items, coffee, juices, hot food, ready meals and actively promotes prepaid fuel and food sales through its app, with loyalty discounts.

Documents lodged with council state the Kings Meadows site would include a 24-hour service station with three fuel bowsers, a convenience store and an auto-wash facility.

The Kings Meadows site was previously occupied by a Caltex service station which was demolished in late 2021.
The site was then sold for a price understood to be about $1.7m.

Developers said the site has “excellent exposure” to passing traffic, and would attract a combination of customers on passing trips via the arterial network or on new or diverted trips, where customers would come specifically to purchase fuel or convenience items.

“The historical use of the site is for a service station that contains three bowsers (six pumps) which is the same as currently proposed within the new design scheme,” developers said.

“As such, the new development is anticipated to generate no ‘new’ traffic and therefore have a minimal impact to the external road network when consideration is given to the existing operation of the site.

“Against the existing traffic volumes along Hobart Road and noting that the site is expected to generate equal to or less than the traffic generated by the site, it can be concluded that the proposed development is not expected to adversely compromise the performance of the surrounding road network.”

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