Greggs Pod to replace Dock Stop Cafe in Felixstowe


Posted:
4:30 p.m. December 19, 2021



Bakery chain Greggs has confirmed it will be opening a new outlet in Felixstowe next year – in place of the town’s Dock Stop Cafe.

A spokesperson for Greggs said: “We can confirm that we plan to open a store in Felixstowe in the new year and we will be sure to share the information in due course.”

However, truck drivers say they will miss the existing cafe, which closes on Christmas Eve after 28 years, and will no longer be able to have a full meal.


Gary Brown and his partner Mike outside the Dock Stop Cafe in Felixstowe, which closes permanently on Christmas Eve
– Credit: Le Dock Stop Café

Authorization for the new Greggs “Pod” store in the Felixstowe Dock service area on Anzani Avenue was granted earlier this year.

The operator of the Motor Fuel Group site has been given permission to demolish the existing café, behind the BP station, and replace it with the new Greggs Pod.

A report to East Suffolk Council said: “Similar to the existing structure, the proposed building would be of modular construction. It would also have a similar height to the existing one, but the floor space would be reduced from 43 to 65 square meters.

“A new closed garbage storage area would also be positioned outside the west facing elevation of the new building. “

A previous request for site redevelopment was granted in 2019. This involved demolishing the car wash, car wash and cafe and building a Greggs bakery and improved truck parking, with parking for bikes, a new car wash and a new exit on Trinity Avenue.

Gary Brown, who runs the Dock Stop Cafe with his partner Mike, said: “None of the drivers who come to the cafe want Greggs. They want a place where they can sit and have a good meal, not a meal. to take with.”

He said he and Mike are always looking for a place to open a new cafe, but it’s hard to find a site with enough truck parking.

Carl Stone, a heavy truck driver working in Felixstowe, said drivers now have too few facilities, with the cafe closing adding to the loss of the Orwell Truckstop.


Anzani gas station on Triniity Avenue, Felixstowe - ready for an overhaul Image: GOOGLE MAPS

The Anzani gas station on Triniity Avenue, Felixstowe
– Credit: Google Maps

“A lot of drivers are upset. Nobody is really happy – we won’t have anywhere to have a good meal unless we drive to the Hilltop Cafe in Bury St Edmunds.”

Mr Stone added that many garages have fast food outlets such as Greggs, Subway and McDonald’s. “They are good for a quick lunch, but not a good meal.”

Alan Penny, another cafe regular, said: “I used to drive trucks in the 60s and 70s, and then had more facilities than people have now.

Motor Fuel Group has been contacted for comment.


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