THE long wait for Kingston’s first 24-hour business was finally over when the new BP On The Run opened it’s doors last week.
Replacing the former BP service station, the petrol station and convenience store – including Kingston's first fast food franchise Subway – welcomed its first customers after many months of construction on December 14. Local Sue Crane returns as manager, and said the community had welcomed the new-look BP.
“It’s been excellent, everyone’s happy and glad we are back open,” she said. “They’ve done a fantastic job, it’s huge for Kingston and to have something so big in such a small town is unbelievable.”
Ms Crane said the wait has been “absolutely worth it.”
“We have been really busy,” she said. “Subway has been very popular, it provides another, healthier, choice for people in Kingston.”
OTR chief operating officer Michaela Webster said Kingston was a great location to expand the business.
“A lot of us have childhood memories of Kingston and I spent time there when I was younger, so it was a must for us to be part of this community” she said.
Ms Webster said feedback has been good so far.
“Staff have said the store looks beautiful, adds value to the town and has a fantastic range of products,” she said. “We are now able to contribute back to the community and train people through Subway, where people perhaps wouldn’t have otherwise received those opportunities.”
Chair of Kingston SE Tourism Suzanne Drabsch said the 24-hour access to fuel would be a definite attraction.
“It's certainly a point of difference within a 100km radius of the town, which is a positive,” she said. “It’s great to see any economic development in our town which in turn creates employment.”