A brand new 3,000 sq ft Londis forecourt that opened in Clitheroe, Lancashire last week forms the biggest site in the Kay Group Network to date and the tenth store that the group has opened under the Londis fascia. This latest flagship store is the culmination of a partnership between Londis and the Kay Group which spans more than ten years and earlier this year the Kay Group celebrated winning the ‘Londis Multiple Account: Forecourt Store of the Year’ title for their Halifax site.
The new store is built upon a site acquired by the Kay Group in January and, once the old petrol station and car showroom was demolished, the new Londis forecourt was specifically designed and built incorporating the highest specifications and standards with teams from Londis and the Kay Group working in close partnership on the project. The store, which is open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, provides a full convenience offering with an impressive range of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus a variety of locally sourced meat from a nearby farm and dairy produce within 23m of refrigeration. A 24 hour off-licence, fresh bakery items and coffee, lottery services an ATM and washroom facilities are all available for customers, plus a Subway franchise including a serving area with seating for twenty people, eight fuel positions, four jet washes, two vacuums and twenty two parking spaces.
As well as offering its customers all they need for everyday living, this new Londis forecourt has also been designed with the environment and cost saving efficiencies in mind. A thirty thousand litre rain water harvesting tank has been built underneath the site and this water is utilised within the jet wash and toilet facilities. The automatic sensor lighting and refrigeration systems have also been designed to allow for maximum capabilities and a predicted 30 per cent reduction in normal running costs.
Situated on the main road in and out of Clitheroe town centre, the Managers, Assistant Managers and brand new team of twelve local staff, have been kept very busy since the forecourt opened for business on 9 July and Richard Cox, Managing Director, of the Kay Group, reported that “the opening weekend surpassed all expectations in sales.” He predicts that sales will soon reach their weekly targets of £30,000 in store and a run rate of six million litres of fuel per year.
Richard Cox went on say “We are proud and delighted with this new edition to our network of sites. The support and guidance from the Londis development team and Andy Tillison, our account manager, has been absolutely fantastic. As a result we have achieved everything we set out to and have our most prevalent forecourt site to date.“
Said Londis Sales Director, Paul Courtney “The new forecourt site in Clitheroe is simply excellent. In what was a true working partnership, the Kay Group was fully receptive to our advice and guidance and their attention to detail was second to none. This is a first class forecourt store and has raised the bar yet again for the already high standards within Londis forecourt stores.“