A motoring milestone has been reached with more than 100 fuel stations now in the Moreton Bay Region – a growth spurt we are driving and which is unlikely to slow down.
The latest addition may be on South Pine Rd, Brendale, with BP looking to join Shell, Caltex and United along a 1.2km stretch of the dual carriageway.
Such concentrations are increasingly common (see below) with for example six servos in 2.3kms on Morayfield Rd and 11 in 8.5kms from Halpine Dr, Mango Hill to Lipscombe Rd, Deception Bay.
Dr Gary Mortimer, Retail Expert at QUT Business School, said it's a trend which will continue.
“We are becoming more mobile and councils are approving more and more development applications for upgrades and new service stations,” said Dr Mortimer.
“The impact of COVID has seen more people returning home and more getting a cheap second car to avoid using public transport.
“Service station owners are also looking at commuter travel, so you have stations on opposite sides of road, one to get the morning commuters and another for the evening.
“As residential growth continues in areas such as Morayfield, Burpengary, Redcliffe, North Lakes, Mango Hill there will be more opportunities for fuel stations.
“Some will be like a convenient old corner store.”
Dr Mortimer said services stations also vary from budget servos to those like (mini) supermarkets and others adding cafes and meals for motorists.
The region’s chambers of commerce support the expansion.
“I think it is great getting more on the peninsula,” said Nick Tzimas, President of Commerce and Industry Redcliffe Peninsula. “It’s a positive thing getting more service for this area.”
Brad Flynn, President of Redcliffe Chamber of Commerce, added: “It may attract people to the area because of this convenience and notice businesses, while fueling up, that they never have noticed before, possibly leading to a new client.”
11 fuel stations in 8.5kms
7-Eleven x 2, Shell x 2, BP, Puma, Woolies x 2, Caltex, Liberty x 2
(12 including Woolies at Bay Ave, Deception Bay Shopping Centre)
8 fuel stations in 4.6kms
7-Eleven x 2, Freedom, Caltex x 2, Matilda, United, Puma
(9 including Mobile on Beachmere Rd)
7 fuel stations in 5.5kms
United, Puma x 2, 7-Eleven, Coles-Shell, BP, Woolies
(8 including 7-Eleven at Gympie Rd, Bald Hills)
6 fuel stations in 2.9kms
Red Dog, Freedom, Shell, Woolies, BP, 7-Eleven
6 fuel stations in 4.3kms
Woolies, 7-Eleven, Caltex, Liberty x 2, Shell
(7 including Woolies at Bay Ave, Deception Bay Shopping Centre)
6 fuel stations in 3.5kms
Caltex, 7-Eleven, BP, Woolies, United, Shell
6 fuel stations in 2.3kms
7-Eleven x 2, Freedom, Caltex, Matilda, United
5 fuel stations in 2.5kms
7-Eleven, Shell, BP, Puma, Woolies
4 fuel stations in 1.2kms
United, Shell, Caltex, BP
4 fuel stations in 2kms
Shell, Metro, BP, Woolies
3 fuel stations in 2.3kms
Puma, 7-Eleven, Liberty
(4 in 2.6kms including Woolies on Bayne St)