AN APCO petrol station in West Wodonga is set to open by early next year.
A contract to build on a greenfield site in Moorefield Park Drive, near The Border Mail, is expected to go to tender within weeks.
APCO director Peter Anderson said some soil had already been moved on the site, which will have access from Moorefield Park Drive and Romet Road.
“The sewer’s also been shifted,” he said.
“We’re finalising the title (for the land) and the easements on the plan at the moment.”
APCO’s plan was first revealed in March 2011 with a price tag of $3 million.
But this was cut by $500,000 after the Geelong-based independent decided the development no longer needed a large car wash and 34 storage units.
“Our plans are to make a decision on the successful tenderer soon,” Mr Anderson said.
“We had hoped to do that by the end of August but now it’ll probably be in the first week of September.
“There’s a lot of work to go on — a lot of that underground — before we can put some concrete down.”
Mr Anderson said it was most likely that the business would be ready to open “in the early part of next year”.
APCO decided to drop the large car wash concept after deciding the industry was in a downturn, but the site will have a smaller automatic car wash.
APCO has 23 outlets in Victoria, including one at Wangaratta opened in 2000, while another opened in Mate Street, North Albury, in 2006.
The company chose the Moorefield Park Drive site on the back of rapid residential growth in West Wodonga.
It says the site will consist of “a smaller-model service station and a larger-model store with a cafe and takeaway food”.
The store would be tenanted subject to expressions of interest.