Dorset-based Peregrine Retail has opened its second forecourt – a main road with an innovative canopy designed to look like the wing of an airplane.
The former greenfield site on the A38 Bristol Road in Bridgwater, Somerset has a 2,300sq ft Budgens store and 400sq ft adjoining Subway.
The forecourt, which is part of Bridgwater’s Express Park development, which includes a Premier Travel Inn, pub, restaurant, health club and the headquarters for Avon & Somerset Police, has seven pump islands, including one for HGV vehicles, and was the last design drawn by ACT Design’s Alec Cornish-Trestrail before his retirement.
John Mason, managing director of Peregrine Retail, said: “We wanted something very striking because there’s some nice buildings in the park. The canopy looks like a huge airplane wing – it goes up in the air and just carries on to 35ft high. You can see it from a mile away.”
On the first day of opening the site sold 10,000 litres, and John expects fuel volume to be around 5mlpa. The Budgens store is expected to turnover £30,000 a week and the Subway £10,000 a week.
“Avon & Somerset Police has 1,000 employees and you have all the squad cars going in there so we will sell lots of hot food and Twinkies,” said John. “Morrisons is also building a distribution centre opposite for the whole of the south. It bought the land for £12m so that’s how big it will be.”