Richmond filling station to reopen after fire

Photo: Chris Collier.

A Richmond filling station destroyed by fire is to reopen later this month.

Harvest Energy has announced that its Victoria Road Service Station in Richmond on Thursday April 14.

The former Harvest Energy site has been re-branded as TotalEnergies.

It will include a Morrisons daily shop, a Costa Express, a new hot food offer and a cash point.

The company said that instead of reconstructing the site with a typical forecourt roof, Victoria Road Service Station has been built with a “continuous frontage terrace roof in natural blue slate, with the main flat roofed area set behind it”.

Ian Woodcock, retail director at Harvest Energy, said: “We are delighted to be re-opening Victoria Road Service Station and are very much looking forward to servicing the local community once again.

“As a forward-thinking organisation, we have worked closely in conjunction with the local authorities to ensure that the new site remains sympathetic to its residential surroundings.

“We appreciate that there is a fast-growing trend for forecourts to serve as more than just simply somewhere to get fuel, and Victoria Road Service Station is no different.

“We would like to thank the local community for their forbearance over the course of the last two years, and look forward to welcoming them to the refurbished site very soon.”

The petrol station burnt down on August 14, 2020.

An electrical fault in a chiller unit was believed to have caused the fire, according to North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Harvest Energy was praised by local community leaders last year when it agreed to scale back its plans for the rebuild.

The company had initially proposed launching a 24-hour shop at the site, creating the equivalent of five full-time jobs.

It had also said its petrol station should be larger and incorporate parking spaces for the shop.

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