Opposite Fontwell Park and taking advantage of one of the A27's many roundabouts is this local service station.
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Trivia and History
The service area is positioned on the Arundel Road, on a field which was left spare when the bypass was built. Most of the road signs refer to it as a "Local Services", which may have been an effort to please local businesses at the time, although there is now nothing other than the services available.
There is a second Travelodge 200 yards away from the hotel at this site.
During September 2018, the Shell petrol station closed for a major refurbishment with a new sales building being built to replace the old one. As part of these works two new ShellRecharge electric vehicle charging points are also due to be installed.
The petrol station reopened in November 2018 complete with a new Little Waitrose store and deli by Shell offering however the new electric vehicle charging points have not yet been installed. Also, as part of the redevelopment works, HGVs are now banned from the services.
Like many former Little Chef sites this one was built by Forte to take advantage of a new roundabout on a new road, alongside a forecourt and a motel. In this case it makes up for another branch to the east of Fontwell, which lost its traffic when the bypass opened. The petrol station next to it was demolished and the restaurant was planned to become either a village hall or demolished for housing, but it survives and is now S&G Motor Centre.
At the new site, separate car parks were provided for the hotel and restaurant, to take advantage of the space available. The new Little Chef gained a Coffee Stop and then a Burger King franchise. For a time, it was a Little Chef Choices site with Caffè Ritazza and Harry Ramsden's menus. While those were removed, a Coffee Tempo! was later added.
In 2017 the Little Chef chain was taken over by Euro Garages, who didn't seem sure what to do with such a large building. It was transferred over to their holding name EG Diner while plans were drawn up to replace it.
The EG Diner and Burger King restaurants closed in August 2018 and reopened in December 2018. The Burger King was fully refurbished and the EG Diner was replaced by a new KFC Drive Thru.
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