(also accessible to traffic on the A350 and the B3414)
(Google Maps link)
|Address:||Warminster Service Area|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
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Little Chef Wiki
Warminster's large building sits in limbo as we wait for its new owners to announce what they intend to do with it.
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £13. There is no overnight parking available for cars or meal voucher option for HGVs.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is unknown.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia & History
With Granada aiming to be running 43 different service stations by 1992, by the late 1980s they needed to do a lot of planning to be seen to achieve this target. This, coupled with a genuine desire to be enterprising and try out a new crowd, saw them open a series of hotel-restaurant sites on a-roads.
Being on a single carriageway of only regional importance meant Warminster never quite attracted the traffic levels to justify its large building, and while other Granada sites were packed with High Street names, this has struggled to hold anything other than a Little Chef. The adjacent Burger King has attracted the majority of its custom.
It opened with a Granada Country Kitchen Restaurant, Granada Shop, a small arcade area, Granada Lodge and the filling station. In the 1990s, the restaurant became an AJ's, and then when Granada acquired Little Chef and Travelodge the restaurant and hotel were changed again. Granada added the Burger King here.
After Granada's encounter with Compass, the Little Chef and Travelodge brands were sold on, but Moto continued to own the site. Little Chef added a Coffee Tempo!, which became Little Chef Express in 2012.
The interior of these services were still full of Granada signage until summer 2016 when Kout (owners of Little Chef at the time) refurbished the amenity building with a slightly old fashioned style. They also changed the Little Chef Express to a Subway unit.
During early 2017, Euro Garages planned to open a KFC here to replace the Little Chef. However, these plans were later dropped during summer 2017 as Euro Garages were unable to secure planning permission to install a drive-thru window within the KFC unit. The Little Chef is now expected to close at the end of 2017 to become Starbucks.
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