A SPACE-themed service station in York has reopened its doors following a four month redevelopment project and an investment of more than £1 million.

Inner Space Stations, in Hull Road, has re-launched a brand new BP service station.

The site features an even bigger shop than before, with a wider range of chilled and frozen meals, as well as fresh fruit and veg.

Inner Space Stations has also introduced Stone Willy’s Kitchen, which offers a range of gourmet pizzas, freshly made wraps and hot snacks to-go, 24 hours a day.

The 24-hour service station has been designed by award winning architects, Jennings Design Ltd and boasts a futuristic, ultramodern glass frontage, as well as a space-age finish throughout.

Graham Kennedy, managing director of Inner Space Stations, who has more than 30 years’ experience within the service station industry, said: “Consumer spending habits are changing, with people making smaller purchases more frequently. We want to make sure that we are providing our customers with everything they need, at any time of the day, and as quickly as possible. The new enlarged shop, together with the touchless car wash, five valeting bays and self storage units, makes us one of most advanced retailers in the industry.”

Inner Space Stations has encompassed unique design features throughout the new store. Internally, the ceiling lighting represents rocket launchers and staff now operate from a “mission control” centre at the front of the store.

The company has also included more than £100,000 worth of advanced refrigeration, with the fridges to the rear of the shop incorporating micro technology and acrylic doors to house the extensive range of beers and wines, as well as selected premium wines from local suppliers, York Wines and Field & Fawcett.

Mr Kennedy added: “The visual impact is extremely important to me and we’ve created a store in which people can see everything on offer from the moment they enter. The height of our fridges and shelving has been set lower than any other store in York, so customers have sight of our full range from wherever they are stood within the store.”

Karen Peacock, manager of the site, said: “We have over 9,000 customers visiting our site each week, and they’re not all here for fuel. The service station really does offer total convenience, 24-hours a day. We have included an additional till point to reduce queuing as speed of service is vital to customers and we are trying to follow the mantra that two is a queue.”