AFTER 38 years serving up a range of belly busting greasy food, an iconic Cirencester truck-stop cafe has closed its doors for good.
It was mutually agreed by the Council and owners, brothers Lloyd and Mark Nail, that a new lease would not be taken up as the council planned to get rid of the Lorry Park in the near future.
“I have always had a great respect for the council. They have been good to me over the years. We just came to a mutual agreement,” said Lloyd.
“I knew it was going to happen for a while. I thought it was going to happen seven years ago. It is a new period in life for me. I can now get all my jobs done. I have a bit of time now.
“I have done it for 38 years and I have had some fantastic times. It is sad but life goes on. At least I know where I am going and what my future is now.
“The other morning I got up and was going to get the bread and milk and supplies and then I remembered that it was shut.
“I have so many stories to tell over my time here. If I wrote a book people would call it 50 Shades of Grease,” Lloyd laughed.
Lloyd started the business in 1978, when he bought a food van from money he got from selling ten gold sovereign rings given to him from his Dad to his mother .
He based his van just off the A419 roundabout near Middle Mead and it soon became popular with hungry customers.
In 1986, the council offered to build a brick building for the increasingly popular business on the nearby Lorry Park - and the business has stayed there and filled the gurgling stomachs of droves of visitors ever since.
Over the years, Greasy Joe's was a hugely popular eating joint with people from all walks of life , such as the SAS, the police and fire service as well as child killer Fred West, who used to pop in for a snack when he worked as a builder in the 1980s.
A spokesman for CDC said: “At it’s meeting held on October 18 2011, CDC determined the disposal of the Lorry Park, Cirencester.
“The Council will shortly commence the marketing of the site for disposal.”
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