A new Maxol forecourt, with pay-at-the-pump facilities, has opened in Rathnew, County Wicklow. Commenting on the news, Brian Donaldson, CEO of The Maxol Group said it was a positive development for the local community.
“At a time when people are hugely concerned about being able to access everyday essentials as well as fuel, there was no doubt in our minds but that we had to proceed with the opening of Maxol,” Mr Donaldson explained. “Not only does it mean that there is an additional outlet for groceries and fuel in the area, but today’s opening also means the creation of 20 new jobs and our industry is hugely cognisant of the need to create and maintain jobs at this really difficult time.”
Mr Donaldson also explained how Maxol is making its forecourts safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In opening Rathnew we have had to make some urgent modifications such as planning for the introduction of Perspex sneeze guards to protect both staff and customers; the introduction of store markers to ensure proper social distancing is maintained and hugely enhanced cleaning and sanitisation measures. We have also decided not to open the 32-seater eat-in area at this time,” he said.
“One of the benefits of our new forecourts, as well as our newly renovated sites, is our pay-at-pump facilities. This means that customers can purchase petrol or diesel without having to enter the shop or come into any human contact,” Mr Donaldson added.
Maxol Rathnew is located at Tighes Avenue, close to the M11 and will serve both the local community in addition to passing trade from Dublin or the South East. In addition to groceries and fuel, the new store offers fresh food-to-go from the Maxol Deli and freshly brewed ROSA coffee.