Hamilton-based fuel supplier Waitomo Group has today announced plans to open a Waitomo Fuel Stop in central Wellington in early 2019, delivering much-needed competition to the capital.

Resource consent was granted on 15 October for a 6-pump site, at 24-26 Hutt Road, Pipitea. The site will have unleaded 91, premium 95, and diesel. Building and installation will get under way shortly. The site will be an unmanned fuel stop, meaning Waitomo will be able to keep prices down, because it doesn’t offer a full-service retail offering.

Managing Director Jimmy Ormsby says the family-run business has long-wanted to offer Wellingtonians a more competitive fuel price.

“It’s a move we’ve been looking at for a while as we’ve been growing our business, but we needed to find the right site and get the consents in place. I’m really pleased to confirm today its full-steam ahead. We’ll be fully operational early in the new year.

“We recognise that Kiwis have been hurting at the pump, especially in areas where Waitomo does not operate. As a low-cost operator, what we offer all our customers is the best price that we can. This is core to our values. We know by looking at the prices today that our pricing will provide some relief to Wellingtonians.

“We’ve kept our Waitomo customers and their businesses moving with competitive fuel prices for over 70 years. We are now in expansion mode, so the Wellington market was an obvious next step for Waitomo.”

“Our company prides itself on good Kiwi values. We are a 100 percent Kiwi-owned and Kiwi-operated, third generation family business, and we believe in offering Kiwis a better deal. That requires competition. We can – and will – deliver significantly lower prices for Kiwis in the capital early next year,” says Mr Ormsby.

Established in Te Kuiti more than 70 years ago by Desmond Ormsby, the family-owned and operated company now has more than 50 fuel stops stretching from Paihia in the north and as far south as Foxton.

Waitomo works closely with its supply and distribution partners, to offer total fuel solutions, including bulk fuel supply, onsite diesel supply and fuel and oil storage solutions.

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