One of Applegreen's food court forecourts by the A14 westbound has recently transferred to the Welcome Break estate.
Catering: Costa Coffee, Greggs, Subway, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes Shops: Applegreen Amenities: Free Cash Machine Outdoor Space: Grass verges only; Children's Play Area, Picnic Area Forecourt: Applegreen
Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV or overnight parking is available.
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Trivia and History
There was a garage on the edge of Spaldwick at least as far back as 1978.
When the A604 Spaldwick Bypass opened in 1983, interest turned to building a new filling station immediately next door to the original garage, closer to the new road. Several plans were put forward throughout the 1980s with some including a café and toilet block for the site. In 1988, Esso submitted plans to build a filling station here and this opened in 1989. The filling station went onto become Total for a short while, before returning to Esso. The old garage was later demolished and became a small housing estate in 1997.
When plans were announced to turn the A604 into the A14, there was further interest in the petrol station, including a proposal to build a fast food restaurant, which didn't happen.
Applegreen acquired the site in 2012; This was a good investment for Applegreen as the A14 was about to be diverted away from its previous service area at Brampton Hut. They had planned a refurbishment which included a new Costa store inside the sales building with a drive-thru lane looping around the building but these plans were later withdrawn. Instead, the site maintained Esso's colour scheme, using Applegreen's economy brand name 'Low Fuel Prices Always'.
The filling station was the victim of a robbery and an arson attack in August 2015, which resulted in the sales building being severely damaged. It closed for four weeks, reopening with a temporary shop in a portable building.
Applegreen began a redevelopment in early 2017, replacing the fire damaged sales building and HGV fuelling area with a much larger sales building, incorporating a Chopstix Noodle Bar, Greggs and a coffee shop, as well as the renewal of the fuel tanks and pumps.
The new site opened in September 2017 with a Costa store as the coffee shop offering, the planned Greggs store and a Subway store replacing the originally planned Chopstix Noodle Bar. As a result of the expansion work, Applegreen arranged for new 'services' signs to be placed on the A14, which were erected during 2018.
As part of Applegreen's purchase of Welcome Break in November 2018, Spaldwick was set to be transferred to their brand. Management was transferred in summer 2021, but the Applegreen branding and brand partners remain. Welcome Break intend to introduce a new shop partner here in late 2023, following a new partnership with Booker Group.
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