This petrol station has introduced a launderette on the forecourt

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Oct 2017

A petrol station in west Hull has become the first in Hull and East Yorkshire to introduce an outdoor launderette.

At the BP filling station in Chanterlands Avenue, motorists can wash and dry their clothes while they top up at the pump thanks to the quirky new invention.

The unique device is the brainchild of forecourt operator Sewell on the go, which wants their customers to make use of the facilities on site.

As well as filling up their vehicles, the company wants customers to do their washing and make the most of their wait by tucking into a sandwich from Subway and enjoying the free wi-fi.

Katherine Batch, sales director at Sewell on the go, said: “This is the first one of its kind in Hull and the East Riding and we chose our Chanterlands Avenue site because we have plenty of space there.

“It’s really different to anything we have considered installing at our sites before and adds to our already extensive offer for our customers.

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“You don’t even need to bring your own washing liquid or powder, as it does it all for you.

“We hope it will be well used by our customers and the local community.”

Prices at the launderette range from £2 to £8 and there are two options for washes which take 30 minutes. This means customers can wash and dry duvets and large items as well as everyday clothes.

Andy Train, who lives in Chanterlands Avenue, has welcomed the additional facilities and encouraged others to use them after washing and drying his own duvet in the new machines.

The Sewell on the go filling station on Chanterlands Avenue

“It’s amazing to see the washing and drying facilities because it’s so convenient and gives you lots of choices,” he said.

“You can park up, load the machine up, do your washing, get a sandwich, a coffee and a paper, do a bit of shopping and refuel your vehicle.

“It’s all good and everyone I have spoken to thinks it’s super cool.

“The offer available at Sewell on to go is innovative, forward-thinking, different and responsive to the local community’s needs.

“It’s quite exciting to wonder what is going to come next.”

Sewell on the go – the current Forecourt Trader of the Year – serves more than four million customers every year from 12 fuel and convenience stores across Hull and East Riding.

Store manager John Dalby said: “People have been using the machines and others have asked about them in store.

“The cycles don’t take long and we’ve got plenty of parking, facilities and services for our customers to use while they wait.

“The feedback has been really positive and I think it’s a fantastic idea.”

The machines, which are run and maintained by Photo-Me, are currently cash only but card payments will be available in the coming weeks.

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