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Bangor services

Bangor
Euro Garages
Bangor services
Road:A55 J11
(also accessible to traffic on the A5 and B4366)
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Address:Bangor Service Station
Llandygai
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 4BG
Signposted from the road?Yes
Opened:1993
Previous operators:Top Rank, Pavilion, Little Chef
Grid reference:SH594694
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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A huge building considering what few facilities it offers, Bangor is a bit of a relic in a far corner of Wales.

Facilities

Catering: Little Chef, Little Chef Express, Burger King Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: Esso, Spar, Subway, Starbucks on the Go

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £6 and other vehicles £7. Prices can be paid at the pay and display machines in each parking area.

Fees are strictly enforced by APCOA.

Trivia & History

Bangor Little Chef.
Large restaurant or small service area? Inside it's hard to tell.

The lack of services on the A55 and the A5 in this area may come as a bit of a surprise, considering how important they are. There are local facilities (both signposted and not-signposted) along both of these roads, but few services.

Top Rank saw this as an opportunity to build one of their smaller services, while providing one of the biggest services in the region. It had one corridor running through the middle with a shop on the left, and a restaurant on the right. The motel joins the main building on the left.

Sales

Top Rank became Pavilion and in 1994 Pavilion sold it to Forte, as they needed money and decided they'd rather focus on motorways. Pavilion wanted £750,000 for the services, although it's not thought that they got this.

Forte changed the restaurant to become a large Little Chef, the shop to a Little Chef Shop and the hotel to a Forte Travelodge. As Little Chef was then passed through various owners, it gained a Coffee Stop, Café Nescafe, Burger King, Coffee Tempo! and a Little Chef Express. For a time, it was a Little Chef Choices site with Caffè Ritazza and Harry Ramsden's menus.

Euro Garages Works

In March 2015, Euro Garages bought the petrol station and gained planning permission to demolish it and replace the facilities with a BP forecourt, either a Spar or Sainsbury's Local store and Starbucks on the Go, Subway and Greggs food facilities as well as a Starbucks drive thru across the forecourt. This was due to be completed by the end of 2016, but did not happen. In April 2017, a Subway opened in the existing forecourt.

Until 2017, the amenity building was still partly painted in Pavilion's green. It is now painted in Travelodge's corporate blue.

In 2017, Euro Garages acquired Little Chef and announced plans to close the restaurant. It's not clear how this will interact with the proposed forecourt works.

Alternatives

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none Services on the A55 Penmaenmawr (A55 westbound, 10 miles)
Kinmel Park (28 miles)
none nearby Services on the A5 none