A NEW petrol station is set to open at The Gateway in Kelso on Tuesday, but it's not the only new business on the horizon in the development.
A Metro Petroleum will become the newest petrol station in Bathurst, making it the third retailer of this kind in the city.
Sales and leasing agent for The Gateway in Kelso, Steve Burke, confirmed the opening date on Monday, saying it will be a soft launch ahead of a more formal opening in the new year.
He also said the construction was due to start for the KFC outlet in in early 2021.
"That was delayed because of COVID, but from my understanding, they hope to have it start coming out of the ground from February or March," he said.
More exciting, though, is the effective confirmation that Oporto will be moving into The Gateway.
Mr Burke told the Western Advocate in May that the fast-food chain was in talks regarding a site in the development, and those talks have advanced.
"We're just waiting for the lease to be signed. The board's agreed to terms, the Oporto board, so we are just waiting for the lease to be signed," he said.
The Gateway is coming along nicely, with most of the lots already sold.
Mr Burke said there was just one lot remaining in stage one of the development, and four left in stage two.
A third stage will be released at a later date.
"We will be releasing the industrial stage up the back sometime next year, once the DA and everything is approved," Mr Burke said.
"It's more industrial, with warehouses and things like that, whereas the front block is more bulk goods retail and showrooms."
The first business in The Gateway, Imagine Childcare, opened in early November.
It is a 103-place childcare centre, which has employed staff from the local area.
Mr Burke said that the centre was already trading well, and now The Gateway was just waiting on the petrol station to open to help bring traffic into the site ahead of more businesses opening.