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Symonds gets planning approval for 10th site

Top 50 Indie Symonds Forecourts has won planning approval for a new site, which will bring its total number of forecourts to 10. The new-to-industry site in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, covers two acres and will provide a 10-pump filling station, which has projected sales in excess of 6mlpa. It will include a 4,000sq ft Budgens store and rollover and jet car wash facilities. There will also be a 2,000sq ft Starbucks coffee shop and the group's first drive-thru Starbucks.

Symonds chief executive, Jeremy Symonds, said: "This is a two-acre greenfield site off the roundabout on the A370 as you enter and exit the town. It is a superb location with many thousands of new homes being built next to new school offices, a new hotel and a new pub."

Construction is due to start soon, with the aim of a spring 2018 opening date.

Earlier this summer, Symonds acquired Malmesbury Service Station in Wiltshire.