BP petrol station and M&S Simply Food store open in Oakham

The opening of the new BP garage and Simply Food in Oakham EMN-140312-140604001
The opening of the new BP garage and Simply Food in Oakham EMN-140312-140604001
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A new petrol station and food store is now serving customers.

The long awaited BP filling station off the A606 Oakham bypass, which also includes an M&S Simply Food store and Wild Bean Cafe, opened to the public today (Wednesday).

Deputy mayor of Oakham Alf Dewis was invited to do the honours and cut the ribbon on the new store.

The development next to the roundabout on the Oakham bypass is part of the Oakham Heights scheme.

A spokeswoman for BP said: “The new store format and introduction of the M&S Simply Food range means we have been able to create 22 new jobs for people the local area and offer them a wide choice of food, coffee and fuel, 24 hours a day.”

Planning permission for the development was granted by Rutland County Council in April 2012. But developer BBE Corby Ltd wanted to wait until the first phase of the 1,100-home estate had been built before it started the petrol station. This phase comprised 143 houses.

Work on the petrol station and shop started in June.

Marston’s has planning permission to build a new pub as part of the Oakham Heights development. Developer Larkfleet was given permission for a 60-bed hotel at the same time.

County councillors also granted discount chain Aldi to build a supermarket on the other side of the roundabout to the BP station, next to Lands End Way.