Marsh Green cafe society weeks away

BP Service Station, Martland Mill
BP Service Station, Martland Mill

THE million pound project taking shape in Marsh Green combining a Starbucks coffee drive-through with a petrol filling station, Subway and convenience store is set to open at the beginning of November.

Britain’s biggest petrol station operator Euro Garage - part of the British Petroleum group - is ploughing more than £1m into the scheme transforming Scot Lane Filling Station in Marsh Green.

And more than 80 jobs will be created by the time all three parts of the operation are complete.

The opening will the latest phase of Wigan’s embracing a cafe society that seemed a world away when heavy industry ruled.

Plans for the Scot Lane site show relocated filling stations pumps and canopy plus a new Spar store, Subway sandwich bar along with Starbucks restaurant/coffee bar with a drive-through facility.

The site will also include new landscaping to protect potential alfresco dining areas.

Starbucks has been committed to a policy of joint expansion with Euro Garages.

The enhanced facilities will also be another feather in the cap for the bottom of Marsh Green. A decade or more ago it was one of the less attractive parts of the town outskirts, not least because it had a derelict pub there. But the thriving Phoenix restaurant, improvements to local homes and car showroom arrivals and expansions have done much to smarten up the area.