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Marks & Spencer take over Budgens petrol station at Barnwood

By The Citizen  |  Posted: June 01, 2013

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NOT just any filling station shop, but a Marks & Spencer filling station shop is coming to Gloucester.

The top end supermarket giant is set to open in partnership with BP in Barnwood Road after the sale of the site by Simon Smith Group.

By the end of this month, shoppers will be able to pick up luxury items at the garage on the busy junction.

An M&S spokesman said the new BP and Simply Food Connect franchise will open on June 26.

“It will offer a range of M&S and branded goods, alongside a Wild Bean Cafe,” she said. “All the current staff have been transferred from the current owner to BP, and another 10 roles should be created too.”

Work on the transformation starts on Monday, said Brian Tew, boss of Simon Smith Group, whose firm now owns five filling stations in Gloucestershire.

“It’s good for us, good for the people of Gloucester and good for the staff,” he said.

“Now that we have sold we are looking hard for another location in Gloucestershire.

“BP is buying it and they work with Marks & Spencer,” he added.

“There has been a huge growth in housing and development in that area, so it’s a good fit. We are not finishing in Gloucestershire by any means.”

Simon Smith Group’s Total contract ends today.

Supermarket operators are believed to be eyeing up a site further along Barnwood Road, where the old fire station is set to make way for new development, too.

Barnwood ward city councillor Phil McLellan (Lib Dem) welcomed the news.

“It’s good that it’s being kept open,” he said. “There was a lot of talk of it closing down. M&S is a big name and a good employer.”

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  • TimMessanger  |  June 03 2013, 9:45AM

    Will be a "M&S Simply Food" the same type they have a motorway service stations I would think.

  • Glos_Lad34  |  June 02 2013, 4:49PM

    Never even heard of a M&S Garage.

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  • daveofglos  |  June 01 2013, 8:53PM

    Thomas - my experience of Budgens - I used to go to the Quedgeley one often - is that the quality of the food is much better than the Coop - which to my mind is the worst of the chain stores - but Budgens were pretty expensive - certainly dearer than Sainsbury's and Tesco - so not much change possibly morphing into M+S?

  • daveofglos  |  June 01 2013, 8:51PM

    An interesting development. I've not been in that one but Budgens are usually pretty small - I wonder how much there'll be in there?

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  • thomas1996  |  June 01 2013, 7:36PM

    Or an expensive Co-operative!

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  • juicy100  |  June 01 2013, 12:46PM

    finally, not a Tesco express!!!

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