The end of Greasy Joe's

A final cuppa...Mark and Lloyd Nail take a break from clearing out the cafe as Greasy Joe's closes its' doors after 38 years (6129752)

A final cuppa...Mark and Lloyd Nail take a break from clearing out the cafe as Greasy Joe's closes its' doors after 38 years (6129756)

Greasy Joe's closes its' doors after 38 years (6129767)

Greasy Joe's closes its' doors after 38 years (6129772)

Mark and Lloyd Nail throwing out table legs from Greasy Joe's as it closes down after 38 years (6129786)

Lloyd Nail throwing out table legs from Greasy Joe's as it closes down after 38 years (6129792)

Familiar Cirencester landmark Greasy Joe's closes after 38 years (6129800)

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Brendan McFadden
Wilts and Glos Standard by , Reporter

AFTER 38 years serving up a range of belly busting greasy food, an iconic Cirencester truck-stop cafe has closed its doors for good.

Greasy Joe's, which is located on the Lorry Park off Cricklade road, shut earlier this month after its lease with Cotswold District Council (CDC) expired.

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.”

 

What are your favourite memories of Greasy Joe's? Email them to the Standard at bmc@wiltsglosstandard.co.uk

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11:26am Wed 14 May 14

andrew.carpenter says...

CDC are getting rid of the lorry park? What are the plans for the land?
CDC are getting rid of the lorry park? What are the plans for the land? andrew.carpenter
  • Score: 7

4:58pm Wed 14 May 14

Cotswold Lad says...

After breaking the siege at the Iranian Embassy the SAS stopped off at Joe's on the way back to Hereford. Sad to see it closed.
After breaking the siege at the Iranian Embassy the SAS stopped off at Joe's on the way back to Hereford. Sad to see it closed. Cotswold Lad
  • Score: 6

6:40pm Wed 14 May 14

Col Mustard says...

"CDC in conjunction with GCC are considering applications for development of the lorry park into an Urban Waterpark. Sealed bids in brown envelopes are invited. Management of the park will be through a "Shared Trust Initiative Cooperative Hedge fund Unique Partnership" or STICHUP as it is more euphemistically called. People with previous experience of running a waterpark are sort. As we are an equal opportunities employer applicants with criminal records will not have this held against them."
"CDC in conjunction with GCC are considering applications for development of the lorry park into an Urban Waterpark. Sealed bids in brown envelopes are invited. Management of the park will be through a "Shared Trust Initiative Cooperative Hedge fund Unique Partnership" or STICHUP as it is more euphemistically called. People with previous experience of running a waterpark are sort. As we are an equal opportunities employer applicants with criminal records will not have this held against them." Col Mustard
  • Score: 12

8:25am Thu 15 May 14

Iansky says...

I thought I heard it was going to be a Council run school teaching magic tricks, and how to generate revenue through stealth, deception while promoting business partnerships and planning approvals through mutual financial remuneration!
I thought I heard it was going to be a Council run school teaching magic tricks, and how to generate revenue through stealth, deception while promoting business partnerships and planning approvals through mutual financial remuneration! Iansky
  • Score: 7

10:26am Fri 16 May 14

Cotswold Lad says...

Actually, the site will be used to store the wooden cabins used for the Christmas market ... probably.
Actually, the site will be used to store the wooden cabins used for the Christmas market ... probably. Cotswold Lad
  • Score: 0

3:35am Sat 17 May 14

David Broad says...

I remember when Lloyd first brought the burger van to the bridge by the roundabout near the present Greasy Joe's site, there used to be a Hot Dog van based on a Mini or was it a Bedford Beagle there and I often bought a Hot Dog, It was a mecca for Bikers who congregated there when the pubs shut around 11pm, Of course there was no KIngsmeadow Tesco or McDonalds and the petrol stations shut at 8pm, So Teens and Twenty somethings hung around drinking Coffee and talking bikes interspersed with the occasional wheelie or bit of stunt riding until they slipped away home. Now Kids that age are glued to their computers or desperately strive to get qualifications for a decent job or do jobs better suited to boring grey suited sixty year olds. Maybe life wasn't so bad in the 70s.
I remember when Lloyd first brought the burger van to the bridge by the roundabout near the present Greasy Joe's site, there used to be a Hot Dog van based on a Mini or was it a Bedford Beagle there and I often bought a Hot Dog, It was a mecca for Bikers who congregated there when the pubs shut around 11pm, Of course there was no KIngsmeadow Tesco or McDonalds and the petrol stations shut at 8pm, So Teens and Twenty somethings hung around drinking Coffee and talking bikes interspersed with the occasional wheelie or bit of stunt riding until they slipped away home. Now Kids that age are glued to their computers or desperately strive to get qualifications for a decent job or do jobs better suited to boring grey suited sixty year olds. Maybe life wasn't so bad in the 70s. David Broad
  • Score: 2

8:27am Sun 18 May 14

Col Mustard says...

Ah yes the 70's
Ted Heath
Jimmy Saville
Miners Strike, Arthur Scargill.
Harold Wilson
30% Inflation.
31 IRA Bombings.

And Nicholas Ridley MP for Cirencester and Tewkesbury Baron Ridley of Liddesdale. as he was official known , Marvelous !!!

Now look and see if successive Governments have improved the lot of the public they serve ? as they serve themselves !
Ah yes the 70's Ted Heath Jimmy Saville Miners Strike, Arthur Scargill. Harold Wilson 30% Inflation. 31 IRA Bombings. And Nicholas Ridley MP for Cirencester and Tewkesbury Baron Ridley of Liddesdale. as he was official known , Marvelous !!! Now look and see if successive Governments have improved the lot of the public they serve ? as they serve themselves ! Col Mustard
  • Score: 2

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