A huge building considering what few facilities it offers, Bangor is a bit of a relic in a far corner of Wales.
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Catering: Burger King Drive Thru, Starbucks Drive Thru, Lavazza Shops: Sainsbury's On the go Hotel: Travelodge Charging Points: Electric Highway Forecourt: Esso, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, Greggs, Subway, AdBlue4You, Free Cash Machine
First 2 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.
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Bangor Service Station
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Trivia and History
The A5 and A55 don't have many full service areas. There are local facilities (both signposted and not-signposted) along both of these roads, but few services.
Top Rank had been looking at options on trunk roads, and saw this as an opportunity to build one of their smaller services, while providing one of the biggest services in the region. They opened it under their smaller name, One Stop.
It had one corridor running through the middle with a shop on the left, and a restaurant on the right. The hotel joins the main building on the left. Until 2017, the amenity building was still partly painted in its original green. It is now painted in Travelodge's corporate blue.
Top Rank became Pavilion and in 1994 Pavilion sold the site 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.
The main sign at the front of the building promoted it as a Little Chef, alongside the other brand logos and large 'Bangor' lettering. Unusually, the Travelodge logo was written on a red sign. This was changed to blue with the 2005 rebrand.
Euro Garages Works
Euro Garages bought the petrol station in March 2015 and planned to redevelop the forecourt introducing a BP forecourt, Spar store, Starbucks on the Go machine, Subway store and Greggs store as well as a Starbucks drive thru across the forecourt on the large vehicle parking area. This had planned to be completed by the end of 2016, but planning permission was refused several times. A Subway store was later added to the existing sales building, opening in April 2017.
Euro Garages also acquired the Little Chef in February 2017 and announced plans to close the restaurant. Following their loss of the rights to use the brand in early 2018, the Little Chef was re-branded as EG Diner. This lasted until October 2018 when Euro Garages stopped supporting the brand and closed the restaurant, leaving the restaurant area empty.
Planning permission was also approved in early 2018 for the Starbucks Drive Thru and forecourt refurbishment, with the filling station reopening under Esso branding in June 2018 and not BP as planned alongside the a Spar store, Greggs and Subway stores and Starbucks on the Go machines. The Starbucks Drive Thru opened on Friday 3 August 2018.
Euro Garages eventually refurbished the main building in summer 2019, relocating the main entrance to their facilities away from the Travelodge reception area. The Burger King restaurant here was also relocated to the former area Little Chef occupied so that a drive thru lane could be placed alongside the main building. A Sainsbury's On the go store was also introduced replacing the former space occupied by Burger King and the former Little Chef Express area is now unoccupied and hidden behind a fake wall.
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Kinmel Park (28 miles)
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