Speculation grows over future of Albion BP
By JULIA ILES
IT may be the end of an era for the BP Albion service station on the corner of Queen and Arthur streets in Grafton.
Rumours have been circulating the service station site at 202 Queen Street will be redeveloped, with lack of profitability the probable cause.
A BP Australia spokesperson failed to respond before deadline regarding the station's future.
Manager of BP Albion, Dion Poy, has heard the rumours, but has not been officially told either way.
"If it does close it would be a little bit disappointing, but hopefully I will be transferred to one of the other service stations," he said.
Two other casual workers are employed alongside Mr Poy and the future of their jobs is unknown.
The service station was built by Grafton man Harry Quinn, who owned the whole corner block, around 50 years ago. Before it was built Mr Quinn ran horses and had stables on the land.
Nearby resident Margaret Parker remembers using the service station when she got her first car in 1956.
"I remember the garage being there long before I got the car, now I walk up there most days to get the newspaper, milk and bread," she said.
"It would be really disappointing if it closes as I will have to walk up to the hospital shop and that is not open the same hours as the garage is."
Mechanics Richard Matthes and Brendon Elward, who run the adjoining mechanical business called Albion Mechanical, recently received an eviction notice.
"We received a letter telling us to be gone by the first of May, which gives us only five-and-a-half weeks' notice ... it is disappointing to be getting out of it after 31 years," Mr Matthes said.
"It means we have to split up our business, Brendo is moving to a space at the old brewery, but I don't know what I will do, maybe take two weeks off."