29/07/2011 - General News
Z Energy has arrived in one of the worst-hit areas of Christchurch, with local MP Brendon Burns today opening the first Z-branded flagship site in the South Island at Shirley in Christchurch.
Z Energy is the Kiwi business which owns and operates the Shell branded service station network. Z is the new brand which, along with new customer offers, is being piloted in 10 sites before a commitment is made to a national roll-out.
Z Energy’s Shirley service station was extensively damaged by the February earthquakes and has been closed ever since. The site has been effectively rebuilt, re-tanked and reconsented by the Christchurch City Council.
Z Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said, after a number of delays, it was pleasing to bring the site back to a community that needed it, and to return it to service as the first flagship Z-branded pilot sites in the South Island.
“The rebuild and reopening of this site as a Z-branded service station represents our commitment to our business in Christchurch and to the local community.
“I’d like to thank all of Z’s people in Christchurch, including our contractors, for bringing this project to completion under very difficult circumstances.”
Mike Bennetts said Z’s team of people in Christchurch had suffered their own difficulties as a result of the earthquakes but had shown outstanding commitment and professionalism in keeping Z’s business in Christchurch on track.
“It is fitting that the first Z site in the South Island has reopened in one of the hardest hit Christchurch communities. Bringing this site back to operation reflects the commitment of our people and leaves just one more site before our Christchurch operations are back at 100 per cent,” he said.
“Our people in Christchurch have shown a huge amount of good old-fashioned Kiwi attitude over the last nine months and it’s great to be able to bring a bit more Kiwi attitude back to Christchurch with the first locally owned and locally branded Z service station in the South.”
Z Energy’s second South Island site will also be in one of the harder hit areas of Christchurch. This site is at Linwood and will open for business on August 5. Photos of both site openings available on request.