Scarborough’s only town centre petrol station has closed as work gets underway on Sainsbury’s expansion project.
The supermarket’s forecourt, off Falsgrave Road, closed on Monday for refurbishment marking the start of the first phase of the project.
The station will be closed until the beginning of March.
Demolition of the buildings to the east of the store will start in late February to make way for the store extension and colleague car park.
Scarborough Council approved the plans in 2011 after Sainsbury’s redesigned the original plans following community feedback.
The project is set to create a new restaurant, a new store entrance and customer toilets, a reconfigured car park and separate staff parking, an online shopping facility, and a better petrol station.
It is anticipated the new store will be open before Christmas 2013.
The closure of the petrol station has left drivers unable to fill up in the town centre. The nearest station is on Seamer Road, near Falsgrave Road. There are also stations in Seamer Road, Burniston Road, Scalby Road, and Morrisons.