A suburban service station, Rustington is a former Little Chef site on the Rustington Bypass on the outskirts of Littlehampton. Its main facilities were recently refurbished.
It is signposted from the A259 westbound, but is accessible in all directions via The Body Shop Roundabout.
- Grid reference: TQ039033
Trivia and History
When the Rustington Bypass was built in the 1980s, land around what's now known as The Body Shop Roundabout was earmarked to become a business park. In 1987 Store Property Investments designated part of this land for use as a petrol station and restaurant, which involved adding another new roundabout on Worthing Road.
In 1990 Forte built the petrol station and a Little Chef, and shortly afterwards they started working on a Travelodge. Although Forte called their facilities Rustington, the petrol station became known as Eastfield. The restaurant closed in 2011 and the site became a Burger King-only site. A Subway opened within the former Little Chef restaurant in 2017.
Although there was no Little Chef restaurant here, Little Chef still owned the building until they were sold to Euro Garages. Euro Garages closed the building in summer 2018 with the intention of totally refurbishing it, as they had been doing with many of the former Little Chefs at the same time. However, the addition of a Greggs was hampered by objections, and instead the building was left empty until January 2019. The next month it reopened with the same facilities as it originally had.
Planning permission was approved in January 2019 to redevelop the filling station with a new sales building being built and the existing forecourt being redeveloped. Work is set to begin imminently and the site is set to reopen with a Little Waitrose & Partners branded store.
The Coastal Coffee building was a separate development added in 2017.