A large petrol station and drive-thru coffee shop are set to be built in Pride Park after one of the UK’s top forecourt operators acquired the area’s largest vacant site.
EG Group has purchased a 3.5-acre plot where two giant gas holders stood prior to their demolition last year.
The land, off Pride Parkway, is directly opposite Pride Park Stadium.
Blackburn-based EG Group says it is drawing up a planning application for a 24-hour petrol filling station and drive-thru coffee shop.
The site was cleared in 2016 to make way for its regeneration
It says its proposals would deliver up to 80 new jobs in a range of full and part-time roles, including day-time and night-time shifts.
A planning application is due to be submitted to Derby City Council in November, with a decision on the proposals expected by March.
If approval is achieved, EG Group said construction could start as early as June.
The petrol station and drive-thru coffee shop would only use up part of the site. A spokesman for the company said further outlets could be built in the future “if the market is right”.
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EG Group’s partner brands include Starbucks, Subway, Greggs, KFC, Sainsbury’s, SPAR, Shell, BP, Burger King and ESSO.
Tom Jeremiah, senior planning manager at EG Group, said: “This site is ideally located for a petrol filling station and drive-thru coffee shop. It is central to an area that supports the motor industry, with high-spec car showrooms nearby, and hosts large events that bring people from across the city and further afield.
“Using our experience, from across the country, our proposals will transform the site giving it a productive and economically beneficial new use.”
EG Group develop and operate hundreds of forecourts and drive-thru restaurants across the country and has created thousands of jobs since it was founded by brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa in 2001.
Confirmation that the site has been acquired by EG Group
In recent years, the company has become the sixth largest privately-owned business in the country and is continuing to grow at a rapid rate.
Mr Jeremiah said the firm was delighted to be expanding further in Derby.
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He said: “The site we’ve acquired historically housed gas storage and our proposals will make good use of a complex brownfield site.
“We are committed to investing in this site and in Derby. Not only will our plans deliver vital roadside infrastructure, they will also provide new jobs for local people and support a growing economy in the area.”
How the site used to look when two gas holders still stood
National Grid put the site up for sale last year after demolishing two large gas holders.
Once a fundamental part of the city’s gas network, the gas holders had not been used since the turn of the millennium and were dismantled to make way for regeneration of the site.
Source: Derby Telegraph