New Budgens store and petrol station opens its doors in Harleston
Budgens is set to opened its doors once again on Thursday.
The store, along with a new Esso Garage, is part of a £1.2 million development in London Road.
The development is on the site of the old petrol station and shop.
The new site features new double skin tanks with a state-of-the-art monitoring system, a new car wash, 12 parking bays and ground work for future electrical charging points.
The new Budgens shop measures 1,800 square feet.
Site owner Ben Lawrence said: "We are looking forward to returning to Harleston with a new Budgens shop, a fresh layout for the forecourt and advanced car wash.
"We feel proud having spent a lot of time and capital in developing this new facility for Harleston, which will continue to serve the community for many years."
Mr Lawrence's father and fellow site owner Andrew added: "It has taken a good year-and-a-half of planning for us to get to this point.
"I am absolutely proud of the new shop and petrol station and I hope Harleston will welcome it."
The new shop is being fitted out by the Jordon Group.
Mike Perry, of the group, said: "We are so pleased to be involved in a project which is so energy efficient and contemporary.
"The refrigeration is designed with heat reclaim, the LED lighting is of the highest quality and the whole building is designed to a premium, modern specification."
The original Budgens store in Bullock Fair Close closed its doors in August, with the site taken over by East of England Co-Op.
Frances Bickley, chairman of Redenhall and Harleston Town Council, said: "Overall, the petrol station will be very welcome to villagers in Harleston and the surrounding villages.
"We, as a parish council, welcome it with open arms.
"It is a positive change from what we have seen recently in the town.
"It's very sad to see places like G Denny's and Sons closing, but to see an new store opening is really positive.
"Hopefully, this will bring more people into Harleston as a result."
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