BP general manager of retail and assets Frank van Hattum, second right, and BP staff Karen Marfell and Michael Harte, right, and MS Ford chief executive Alan Kirby, left, cut the the ribbon at the opening of the new Richmond BP service station on Wednesday. Photo: Simon Bloomberg

BP Connect opens in Richmond


The new BP  Connect opened in Richmond early on Wednesday morning, signalling the completion of a three-month project to upgrade the Queen St service station.

BP Connect Richmond now features a Wild Bean Cafe with free WiFi and newspapers and more pumps and wider lanes in the forecourt. The new BP Connect also has a car wash and will operate 24-hours a day, employing up to 20 staff.

“We always aim to make the BP customer experience better than they can get anywhere else,” BP director of convenience retail and asset management Frank van Hattum says. “We invested here because we think the local community deserves the best.”

The first customer, Ngapare Jay,  drove into BP just seconds after it opened at 6am. Ngapare was presented with a bunch of flowers to mark the occasion which also featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Members of the Nelson Surf Life Saving Club, which is sponsored by BP, attended the opening.