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Junction 14 Mayfield Celebrates First Birthday
Junction 14 Mayfield Celebrates First Birthday
Relax, refuel & Recharge at Junction 14 Mayfield, which is the only motorway service area on the M7.
Located at the Monasterevin junction on the country’s busiest motorway, which links Dublin to Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Limerick & Clare as well as a large part of the Midlands, Junction 14 Mayfield is independently–owned motorway service area that has just completed its first year in Business. And what a first 12 months it had been for Co. Kildare based operation, which was developed by local businessmen Donal and Liam Fitzpatrick at a cost of €7 million.
“It’s been absolutely hectic, but we’re not complaining”. Junction 14 Mayfield General Manager Gavin Moran says, “It’s great to be involved with something like this. It’s the country’s first privately-run service area and is unique in the sense that people are coming from Monasterevin and the surrounding areas to have their dinners, and companies are holding their meetings here. It’s much more than just a service area”.
Gavin continues “We decided to mark our first year in business by having our official opening on June 17th 2012 exactly a year after we first opened our doors. We had loads of giveaways and special events during our week-long celebrations which went down a treat with children especially”
Junction 14 Mayfield is the only motorway service area in the country that can be accessed from both sides of the motorway, both north and southbound as it is situated at a full Junction. It benefits from advance information signs on the M7 motorway in both directions and provides the most up to date motorway service point facilities for the discerning Irish motorist and trucker.
The objective of Junction 14 Mayfield is to give motorists the chance to relax, refuel and recharge without adding extra travelling time onto their journey. It strides to provide top-class facilities while making their stop as convenient as possible.
The service area boasts 12 state-of-the-art Texaco unleaded and diesel pumps, Four which are U pay pumps allowing you to pay at the pump via laser or credit card, and will take most Irish and European fuel cards. There are also four separate pumps for HGVs and Ad Blue refill points. The Forecourt operates 24/7 for your convenience.
Other facilities on the forecourt include charging points for electric cars by ESB eCars, two car washers, an ATM machine, 170 car parking spaces, 25 dedicated truck parking spaces. Inside, there’s plenty of options for food with Spar Express, Supermacs and Insomnia Coffee Company all having full size food areas. There is ample seating area in the restaurant, but if you fancy something different there’s a covered outdoor searing picnic area with a full size play zone for children.
Junction 14 Mayfield also boasts pristine toilet facilities, which, any five-star hotel would be proud of. In addition, shower facilities are available to the long distance travellers. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
The service area has been such a success that it has seen its staff more than double from 50 to 110 in the space of a year. “It’s great to be part of a company that’s recruiting in these difficult economic times,” enthuses Gavin, whose background is in Retail. Junction 14 Mayfield prided itself on its friendly approachable staff, who are always willing to help with any requests you may have, and the fact that all of its franchises are Irish-owned. “That was something Donal and Liam wanted – that everything be Irish” Gavin adds.
The Fitzpatrick brothers are pillars of the business community in Monasterevin, with the family having traded successfully in Co. Kildare town, in the motor, agricultural machinery, hardware and forecourt business since 1954. Donal – who runs a Spar in Monasterevin – and Liam identified Junction 14 as the perfect destination to give M7 motorists a break on their journey between Dublin, Cork and the South West., and spent several years looking across Europe at what was happening in the motorway forecourt industry.
They looked at ways to improve current designs and at how they could tailor existing ideas to suit the Irish market. They spent a lot of time working out the ideal distance that the site should be situated from Dublin, and it was agreed that Monasterevin was the perfect location as this was where motorists were actually looking for a break,
Once the site had been identified, Donal and Liam went to work on making their dreams a reality. “The lads did a lot of research in Italy & Germany, and this is the model they felt would best suit the Irish market. They’ve set all the benchmark for all future service stops in Ireland and this is something they should be complimented on”, Gavin concludes.
This article was taken from the Irish Trucker & light commercials Magazine
Issue October 2012.