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Date: April 17, 2024
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Fastned opens its first shop at a fast charging station near Brecht and plans to build more

The opening of the first Fastned shop and restaurant is an important step towards the "motorway service areas of the future": motorway car parks with all facilities for electric drivers, with no supply of fossil fuels.
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Fastned, the European fast charging company, officially opened its very first shop and restaurant, which is located at Fastned’s fast charging station on the E19 between Antwerp and Breda near Brecht.

The company wants to build more shops in the future and always offer its customers the best charging experience.

This is not only about being able to charge the car as pleasantly and quickly as possible, but also about being able to relax, go to the toilet and get healthier products along the motorway.

The sustainable vision is also reflected in the design of the shop through, for example, the use of sustainable building materials such as wood.

The building is also very energy-efficient and partly generates its own energy with a heat pump and solar panels on the green roof.

“When developing this shop, we put the traveller’s needs first. The shop is an oasis of light and calm, designed to offer visitors a moment of relaxation on comfortable lounge sofas in our ‘Greenhouse’,” states Luuk Valk, Retail Development Manager.

And continues: “Here they can enjoy fresh Bocca coffee, use the washroom facilities or order a fresh meal in the restaurant while their vehicle is being charged.”

The shop’s range consists of products to suit the needs of current and future travellers.

Valk says: ”On the one hand, you have the familiar favourites that people are used to finding in a shop. We have also added new, sustainable and healthier options that fit well with Fastned’s values.”

The opening of the shop in Brecht not only marks a milestone for Fastned, but also serves as a valuable pilot location.

“The lessons we learn here are going to help us develop future service stations, including the one in Gentbrugge where we will build charging stations with shops next year, along both sides of the E17 motorway,” Valk indicates.

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