Waitomo heads west to Taranaki
In response to growing Kiwi demand for low-cost fuel, Hamilton-based fuel supplier Waitomo Group has confirmed it will open a Waitomo Fuel Stop in New Plymouth.
Waitomo Group Chief Operating Officer Simon Parham said the Waitomo team is pumped to announce its sixth new site for 2019 will be up and running by mid-July .
“There’s no slowing down for our team this year, as we roll out our national network expansion plans. Following our openings in Rotorua, Papamoa and Hamilton Central in the last 3 months, we’re now focused on causing some disruption out west with our first New Plymouth Fuel Stop now under construction.”
“We’re pushing hard to get this site open as soon as possible, so we hope to have the tanks in the ground before Easter. We’re working closely with Ngāti Te Whiti, and are grateful to have their support on site during the construction phase.”
The Waitomo price has led to greater price competition in the areas where the company operates.
“Waitomo offers the lowest price we can every day, at all our sites – that’s our Waitomo price. Kiwis want more competition and choice in the fuel market, so we’re happy to remedy that.”
“Taranaki deserves to benefit from our Waitomo price, just like other areas where we operate,” says Mr Parham.
Located on Breakwater Road, the new Fuel Stop will offer retail and commercial customers Unleaded 91, Premium 95, Diesel and GoClear. Waitomo also operates two Diesel Stops in the Taranaki area (Bell Block and Waitara).
The family-owned and operated Kiwi business has been shaking things up within the fuel industry and has no plans to slow down its ambitious expansion any time soon.
“We’ll be hitting the capital like a hurricane when we open our first Fuel Stops in Upper Hutt and Wellington in the next few weeks. Wellingtonians – who’ve been paying some of the highest fuel prices in New Zealand for some time – can expect us to cause a stir.”
Waitomo’s first mainland site, in central Christchurch, will open before the end of the year, and the company is also actively looking for new sites in other regions.
Established in Te Kuiti more than 70 years ago by Desmond Ormsby, Waitomo Group now has over 60 sites stretching from Paihia in the north and as far south as Foxton.