LAMBERTS Garage’s petrol station and shop in Leven is to close in September.
The move has come about as the owner of the independent filling station on Scoonie Road is finding it increasingly difficult to compete with supermarkets and other major petrol retailers.
Staff, working in the petrol station, were informed last month that they would be made redundant as the garage, which has been in Levenmouth for over 50 years, re-aligns its business to focus on its successful car sales and repairs centre.
Scott Lambert, owner of the garage, said the decision hadn’t been taken lightly. He told the Mail: “The way people buy fuel has changed and we have been unable to secure a supply agreement that allows us to be competitive with bigger fuel players and supermarkets.
“We greatly appreciate the loyalty and support of customers who have allowed us to be the last independent petrol station in the Levenmouth area – a fact we are proud of.
“It was a difficult decision as fuel has been a part of our business for many years and it is with sadness that we have to lose loyal members of staff, who as with any local business, are an integral part.”
“This move allows us to expand out successful car sales and service.”
In recent months supermarkets have started competing fiercely with one and another to cut the cost of their fuel.
Able to buy in massive bulk orders their margins allow them to take one or two pence off the price of a litre of petrol and diesel making it ever more difficult for independent garage’s such as Lamberts to compete.
Bigger chains Sainsbury’s, Shell and Jet all have petrol stations situated less than a mile away from Lamberts Garage.
The petrol station and shop will remain stocked and open until September.