Garage gives up fuel sales after 45 years
ONE of the last independent petrol stations in the city has had to stop selling fuel after nearly 50 years in business.
Roger Chapman, owner of Hartley Service Station, said he has had to stop selling fuel because of competition from supermarkets.
He said he could no longer compete against their prices.
Four staff have been made redundant as a result of closing that side of the business, he said.
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Sixty-eight-year-old Mr Chapman, who has run his business for 45 years, said stopping fuel sales was very tearful.
He said: "We saw a lot of really nice people but the volume has just disappeared.
"It's no longer viable."
The forecourt area will now be used for car sales and the business will continue to offer repair services, Mr Chapman said.
The business only made 3p on each litre of fuel sold, which was reduced to 1p a litre on company fuel cards.
Mr Chapman also said he was charged just over 1 per cent on credit card transactions.
He added that supermarkets were "really, really, very good merchandisers".