Competiton is all well and good, but given the current …

Comment on Town Council still blocking two servos: United by Alex Nelson.

Competiton is all well and good, but given the current economic situation it seems to me that opening two new service stations will end up being a zero sum game, as they will come at the expense of other service stations being forced to close.
We’ve been here before, with the opening of the Woolworths Caltex service station in 2003 leading to at least one other service station closing, as I recall.
We run the risk of gaining more empty business premises or vacant lots, of which there is currently no shortage in Alice Springs.
The vacant block (formerly a Mobil service station) on the opposite corner to the Catholic Church on Wills Terrace is a case in point.
We lost a service station there while gaining the Woolies station just down the same road. What’s the point?

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Town Council still blocking two servos: United
@ Laurence (Posted March 8, 2018 at 2:17 pm): Don’t know when you came here, Laurence, but obviously quite a long time ago. The majority of the “new” service stations you list opened in the 1980s when Alice Springs expanded and changed considerably (the Truck Stop, for example, opened in 1987).
Shell Todd closed in the 1990s, as I recall; and two other service stations that have long gone are Shell Oasis (the building still exists) and the Caltex Centre Service Station on the corner of Todd Street and Stott Terrace (now KFC).
The closure of Mobil Palms on Wills Terrace in 2005 was attributed directly to competition with the Woolies service station opened two years earlier.


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