Z Putaruru to be first
Putaruru’s Shell Service Station is no more but a new Z Energy Station will replace it and Putaruru will be the first in the Waikato to roll out the new franchise. The New Zealand owned Z Energy – pronounced zed – is the combination of Infratil Limited and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, which bought Shell New Zealand in 2010. Since then the company has worked to create an image and brand that will soon become a household name.
The Putaruru service station will be the first to open in the Waikato and is one of 10 pilot stores throughout New Zealand. The remaining 220 Shell stations will be renamed by June 2012.
Sheena Thomas, Z Energy communications adviser, said she believed residents and travellers would be impressed with the new features offered at the 24 hour site.
‘‘You will experience a service defined by what consumers have told us they want. For example, there will be ‘stretchy hoses’ on forecourts,’’ she said.
‘‘And we will have brand new, hotel style toilets with disabled access and change tables.’’
The store will also feature twice the number of pumps compared with the old site, with a significantly larger store. ‘‘We are also bringing you a whole new food and coffee offer. We have seriously delicious, New Zealand-made pies and cupcakes, great sandwiches, freshly roasted cafequality coffee and a frozen Coke machine.’’ The store will have a new team of staff who have yet to be appointed. Z Energy aims to put money back into the New Zealand market and make a difference in communities.
Z chief executive officer Mike Bennetts said, ‘‘With every Z site that we open, we will be donating $5000 to community organisations, with customers able to vote for four local community organisations.’’
Z Putaruru is due to open in September.
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