23/05/2012 - General News
Z Energy today said declining sales and aging underground fuel tanks less than a kilometre from Lake Taupo had led to the decision to close its service station at Tokaanu.
The site will close on 18 June and the underground tanks immediately removed.
Z’s Communications Manager, Jonathan Hill, said the site had become increasingly uneconomic and was selling less and less fuel, especially as some surrounding businesses had recently closed.
“It’s a tough decision, but it’s the right one,” he said. “We have one of the country’s largest service stations just a four minute drive away at Turangi, which we have recently substantially upgraded.
“With a 30 year old tank so close to the lake we need to be cautious and get them out now.
“With the tanks needing removal and with the business continuing to decline we’ve had to take the tough decision to close the site and point motorists to our neighbouring Turangi site.”
Jonathan said the Tokaanu population fluctuated seasonally and was very small in between holiday periods.
He said there would be an opportunity for some staff deployment into the Turangi site. The garage neighbouring the Tokaanu site would be unaffected by the closure.
“While this isn’t a decision we like making, I don’t expect this closure to be a significant inconvenience and we remain committed to serving the local Turangi and Tokaanu communities.”