Purtills is wasting no time making its new headquarters in Hardinge St, Deniliquin a destination.
A themed restaurant with playground is being established at the Cobb Highway Roadhouse.
It is next door to newly established transport museum, and both are expected to be opened to the public in February next year.
Offices at the rear of the roadhouse are now occupied by Purtills staff, after moving from the McCrabb Rd depot due to the sale of the Purtills bus and coach division to Dysons.
Purtills director Neville Purtill said being based in Hardinge St makes the other divisions of the business more accessible to customers.
‘‘Our fuel distribution, lubes and oils and vehicle hire businesses are now located in Hardinge Street too, including the 12 seater buses which we still handle. It is also where our head office functions are now based,’’ he said.
‘‘This space makes a lot of sense because of the museum next door and our plans to renew an emphasis on our retail network with renovations at the service station.
‘‘We will be creating access to our offices from the shopfront, and the complete revamp will also include the development of a restaurant, truckies’ lounge and showers.
‘‘It will also be a family friendly space with a children’s playground, and the theme will complement the adjacent museum.
‘‘The direction we are taking is based on the comments we are hearing in the community. They want to go somewhere different for a family meal, and to experience a different coffee and dining experience.’’
The roadhouse renovations is just the start of the investments in the business, with Purtills also recently spending $1.5 million to improve fuel distribution efficiency.
Its new A-double road train and extra tanker is a first of its kind to deliver fuel to the region direct from the terminal in Victoria.
‘‘The A-double can carry up to 70,000 litres of fuel, compared to up to 55,000 litres in a conventional B-double,” Mr Purtill said.
‘‘That is one trip a week we can take off the roads.
‘‘There are three trailers in the set, with one working locally to deliver the fuel while two will go to pick up at the terminal.’’
General manager – petroleum Glenn Carr said Purtills has worked in partnership with Volvo to ensure the new A-double has ‘‘all the safety options’’.
He said it includes live data monitoring, preventing the need for drivers to be on top of the truck for checks, and on board weighing mechanisms.