WORK is well under way at Southfields roundabout as the area prepares for three new traders to open their doors to punters.

The services on the outskirts Ilminster have been undergoing a refurbishment for the last two months, and the site is due to be back up and running by the end of this month.

There is currently a Shell garage and a Travelodge at the site, and while the Burger King has closed its doors during the building works, it will be reopening on March 20.

Southfields roundabout marks the junction between A303, A358 and B3168 Station Road.

In 2018, site owner Euro Garages revealed plans to bring KFC to Ilminster, but they have since abandoned that bid.

Instead, two new traders are will be opening their doors there.

The first is savoury food giant Greggs.

The shop was seen advertising positions in the area recently, and now the firm has comfirmed the moved.

A spokesman for the largest bakery chain in UK said: “We can confirm that the Greggs shop will be opening in the Euro Garage at the end of March and will create 12 jobs.”

Currently, the nearest Greggs facility is in South Petherton, at the Harp Road petrol station.

This is part of another Euro Garages-owned site, and the nearest full Greggs store is at the Orchard Shopping Centre in Taunton.

The second new trader for that site is Sainsbury's, with 45 jobs being created overall.

NOTE: Euro Garages initially said a Spar store would be opening on site, but have since amended their statement.

A spokesman for Euro Garages said: “Following a significant investment, we’re excited to be able to bring Euro Garages’ convenience and food-to-go proposition to people in the local area."

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We can confirm Sainsbury’s is offering a range of products at the Horton Cross Euro Garages site.

"The On the Go range has been tailored for customers on the move and includes ready to eat products such as sandwiches and snacks, as well as household, beauty and pet products.

"We’re always looking for new ways to bring our fantastic quality products to even more customers.”

The third trader set to open its doors at Southfields roundabout is Costa Coffee.

Plans to build a new Costa store were submitted in September 2018, just a few months after the KFC rumours were revealed.

But unlike the fast food chicken chain, Costa is going ahead with its bid - and building is currently in progress at Southfield Enterprise Park.

The coffee shop will be accessed from the westbound A303 exit, and will be in the same area as South West Motorhomes.

The British chain, which is a subsidiary of Coca-Cola, has just put in a planning application for drive-thru signage to go with their new store.

The site is set to open later this year.