26/08/2011 - General News
Z Energy closed its Shell-branded service station in Titirangi at midday today, after lease negotiations with the site’s landlord collapsed.
The Shell service station is a small site at 423 – 425 Titirangi Road. Z Energy is the New Zealand-owned company that owns and operates the Z and Shell-branded service station network.
Z Energy’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said it was disappointing to have to close the site, but the company could not accept the revised lease terms sought by the landlord which would have rendered the site uneconomic.
“We offered well above market rates for the continued lease of the site but could not reach agreement and now have been left with no choice but to close the site.”
Under the terms of the lease, this leaves five days for the site to be closed and for all assets to be removed from the site. The site has been closed and work is now underway on removing the fittings and other equipment from the site.
All full-time staff at the site will be redeployed into surrounding sites.
Mark Forsyth apologised to customers for any inconvenience the closure would cause, but noted the area was well supported with other Shell sites.
“As a Kiwi company, we have particularly loyal customers in this area and we have alternative sites around the Titirangi area for our customers, including Green Bay, Glen Eden, Rata Street and Ash Street.
“Subject to the satisfactory completion of the Z store pilot programme, it is also our intention to invest heavily in the upgrade of the Shell-branded sites in the area to both improve the customer offer and experience.”