Oporto and Caltex service centre to create 175 jobs in construction and operation

The developer of a highway service centre and fast food restaurant complex proposed for north Orange has unveiled its plans including the first images of the complex.

CEO of the Melbourne-based The Jasbe Group, Jason Be, said work was due to start in a few months with the complex on the corner of Leeds Parade and the Northern Distributor Road set to open early next year.

Mr Be said more than 100 jobs would be created in the design and construction of the centre with a further 75 permanent local jobs created when it opens.

“As the rest of the site is developed over time, many more jobs will be added, bringing additional opportunities to the Orange community,” he said.

“The service will be operated by Jasbe under the Caltex brand.

“The fast food tenant we anticipate will be Oporto, which we believe would complement the service centre well.

“The second tenancy within the service centre will be operated by Coffee Time.

“Coffee Time’s services beyond [barista-made] coffee include freshly cooked meals and gourmet sandwiches made on site.”

Coffee Time is owned by Jasbe and is now part of about 25 service centres in NSW and Victoria.

Orange City Council unanimously approved a development application for the farmland site last Tuesday.

“Jasbe expects construction to commence in the second half of the year and that the service centre will be operational in early 2021,” he said.

Work will include building a new road through the middle of the 12 hectare site to connect Leeds Parade and the NDR.

The road will link an existing entrance on Leeds Parade to the NDR opposite Bunnings and provide access to the service centre.

Mr Be said Jasbe would work with the community on the project. “Jasbe is excited to work closely with the local community to ensure both the needs of truck drivers and the local residents are met,” he said.

“We understand that truck drivers desperately need a place to stop and refresh, while local residents are concerned both for their safety and traffic congestion.”

It is proposed the service centre would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It would provide parking for 42 cars and nine large trucks and buses.

Mr Be said Jasbe was a “family-owned, family-run” business which started in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda in 1989.

He said he started working at a service station/car wash as a driveway and carwash attendant, console operator and store manager while in high school.

“It is unimaginable how the industry has evolved from a single driveway service to a truck stop of this scale,” he said.

Jasbe has also lodged a separate planning proposal to rezone land on the site next to the Orange-Dubbo railway line for future commercial use as another food and drink premises.

A council report said that plan “remains in its infancy.”


Extracted from Central Western Daily

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