FT retailers Gulf Swan Service Station, Hindley, Wigan

A Wigan-based Gulf-branded service station has been sold by independent retailer Faruk Divelli as he prepares to enjoy a well-earned break.

He acquired Swan Service Station 20 years ago, and it now comprises a petrol forecourt, a convenience store, and commercial premises. The forecourt features two islands with 10 filling points, plus jet wash facilities. The modern convenience store trades under an independent banner.

The site also includes a former three-bedroomed residential property which could be converted into residential/office space and generate a rental income or become living accommodation for an owner/operator – subject to planning permission.

The site is located in Hindley in Wigan, a popular commuter town with a population of circa 97,000, and is located approximately eight miles south west of Bolton, 10 miles north of Warrington and 16 miles north west of Manchester city centre.

The site has been purchased by Mr Suman Gopu, who plans to increase the product range on offer.

James Moore-Martin, director of Retail at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, said: “This forecourt transaction was agreed in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and completed within an eight-week period with multiple parties offering. I am absolutely delighted for both the outgoing vendors and the buyer, and wish both parties the best for the future.”