Pātea's sole service station is back in business.
The service station, which has been operated by Jay Knight and Michelle Bishop for about 12 years, closed in February for upgrading before being rebranded as a Mobil service station. The service station had its official reopening yesterday.
"It was a big decision to close for three months while the site was revamped, but the rebranding to Mobil means we've been able to include a range of new features that will make the fuelling experience that much more pleasing," Knight said.
Upgrades to the site include installing larger, double-walled fibreglass storage tanks to bring the service station in line with Mobil's operational safety, integrity and environmental stewardship standards.
Other new features include the Mobil SynergyTM family of fuels, 24-hour fuelling and Pay at Pump, fast-flow diesel hoses on the forecourt and a refurbished Mobil Mart convenience store with barista-made coffee. A laundromat located at the service station will continue to operate.
Mobil's lead country manager, Andrew McNaught, said the enhancements would be a welcome addition to the community.
"It's safe to say that Jay and Michelle are true Pātea locals and we couldn't be happier to have them join the Mobil family," McNaught said.
"The revamped service station looks fantastic and I applaud the Knights' investment in their community."
Mobil has made a $1500 contribution to the Pātea Community Patrol to help it continue its work assisting police and other agencies to keep Pātea safe.