With a helping hand from Blakemore Trade Partners, Lewis Forecourts reopened its Pentraeth SPAR forecourt store for business just four weeks after it was completely destroyed by fire.
In the early hours of Good Friday on April 3rd a fire broke out at Jill and Paul Lewis’s SPAR forecourt store in Pentraeth, Gwynedd, burning it to the ground. Despite the forecourt remaining intact it was unable to continue trading.
Within just a couple of days Jill and Paul set to work constructing a temporary store on the driveway of the house next door, which they also own.
Blakemore Trade Partners immediately put an emergency plan into action, responding with an interest-free stock loan while they waited for the insurance payment to come through and helping Jill and Paul to completely furbish their new temporary site.
Only four weeks after the fire, on Thursday 30th April, Lewis Forecourts re-opened for business complete with grocery and chilled ranges, food to go, local products and fuel.
Jill Lewis commented: “I was really impressed by the speed of response from Blakemore Trade Partners. Within just hours of us contacting the team, they had set to work helping us with a plan to re-open. They kitted out our temporary store with a great range and all the necessary shelving and refrigeration completely from scratch.”