Z Pu­taruru to be first

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By KRISTIN BEALE

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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