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Jobs to go when fuel sales stop at Cumbrian petrol station

Three jobs will go when the pumps shut down at a long-established petrol station at the end of the month.

Jim Nelson photo
Jim Nelson, owner of the Long and Small Garage

The Long and Small Garage on the A596 at Flimby has been in business for 77 years.

Car sales, repairs and MOTs will continue at the site but the shop will shut along with the petrol pumps.

Jim Nelson, owner, said the business could no longer compete with Asda fuel prices at nearby Dunmail Park.

He said: “For the past 18 consecutive weeks I have not been able to buy fuel for the price Asda is selling it.

“It is just not economical. We will keep the car sales and car repairs, MOT and those services and hope to do more in the tyre business.”

Mr Nelson said he battled during the floods when the bridges were down and the A596 was almost deserted.

“We saw business drop by about 50 per cent but I hung on. Once the road opened I couldn’t believe how busy we were again but then Asda came and we can’t compete.

“I would say petrol sales are down 40 per cent which means it is no longer possible to keep going.”

He said he understood why people had chosen to go to where fuel was cheaper and thanked the customers who had been loyal to him throughout.

The original business, established in 1935, included a petrol station, car salesroom, cafe, ice cream parlour and dance hall on the first floor.

Outside the back were some wild animals, including monkeys, swing boats and other fair rides.

When the dance hall closed in the late 1950s and the business was bought by the late Norman Watson, he used the dance area as a car showroom.

“He had this large lift at the end of the building which used to deliver the cars up to the dance hall,” said Mr Nelson.

The next owners were John and Ann Over, of Aspatria, who took over in 1972.

Mr Nelson bought the business in October 1985.

Have your say

I understand there is a really easy way to determine if you are getting different fuel - look at the BSI number on the pump. This specifies the mix, quality and content of ingredients going into the fuel. If this is the same, then in theory* you are buying exactly the same fuel.

* There will always be some variation due to small variations in the process of refining, natural ingredients involved. This is very different to setting and selling different specifications for the fuel however.

Posted by anon on 12 October 2012 at 12:30

Supermarket fuel is cheap for a reason, it used to be called city diesel, maybe still is and you cannot compare supermarket fuel with the likes of Bp or Texaco, there is a difference and it is in the additives, effects mpg, performance and engine life.

Posted by Roy on 11 October 2012 at 14:06

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