Spar retailer Olly Andrews and distributor Appleby Westward are enjoying the success of a flagship forecourt development in Maiden Newton, Dorset.

Olly Andrews new store

The Andrews family has run the Maiden Newton Service Station business for over 40 years, and as a Spar shop for over 20 years, with Olly taking over the business from his mother Melodie eight years ago. The extensive revamp is the outcome of a £200,000 co-investment project between the family and Appleby Westward.

The investment programme began last autumn with a £250,000 expansion of the garage forecourt involving the installation of new fuel tanks, pumps, pipework and the introduction of supreme grades of diesel and unleaded Texaco petrol.

This spring, the £200,000 Spar store expansion got underway, increasing the size of the store to 2,425sq ft and introducing a variety of new features including new fresh fruit and vegetable stands and a dedicated meat counter serving produce supplied by a local farmer. Also featured are a wider choice of chilled and frozen products including Cook frozen meals, and an extended, dedicated off licence section.

Outside the store, a wooden hut dedicated to the sale of fresh organic milk from a local farm has proved popular, set up with a self-serve contactless vending machine.

Extra staff have also been taken on to ramp up up home deliveries to customers in Maiden Newton and surrounding villages during lockdown.

Olly said: “Basically, we’ve safeguarded the whole site and future-proofed it for many years ahead.

“We reopened the new-look store just before the COVID-19 crisis and were already attracting new customers quicker than we thought.

“We have made the store more spacious by taking in part of an old workshop,” added Olly. “It’s wheelchair-friendly and represents the third major extension we have made in the last seven years, enhancing the full convenience offer we are able to provide to the local community.”

Olly Andrews Nick Kenworthy and team

Olly Andrews (second right) with Appleby Westward’s Nick Kenworthy (far right) and members of the store team