A launderette introduced at a Jet site at Rochford, Essex, has proved popular with existing customers and is attracting new ones, according to the owner of the site, Kumarsamy Sivabalan (known as Siva).

Starthill Service Station is located on Ashingdon Road at the heart of residential Rochford and, following a refit, the forecourt shop has been expanded to 2,000sq ft and shop sales are over £25,000 a week.

Starthill was the first forecourt in the UK to have a 24-hour coin-operated self-service outdoor launderette installed by Photo-Me. It contains a built-in washing liquid pump, one 8kg washing machine for regular loads, one 18kg washer for heavier loads and one 18kg vented dryer. Siva said: "The area where the launderette is located used to be our storeroom. The supplier took just one day for installation and the launderette was brought to site already made up so it simply had to be dropped into place."

He added: "We are very pleased with the launderette, as are our customers. It’s definitely exposed us to a wider network of customers. Based on the success of this innovation, we are also going to be one of the first Jet sites to have an Amazon Locker installed later this year."

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