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Shell unveils plans for 100 ‘clusters’

Retailers operating Shell’s 570 company-owned sites are facing an uncertain future following the unveiling of plans for a new multi-site contract at roadshows around the country.

Premium fuel range rolled out by Total

Total has launched a premium diesel and unleaded fuel which it claims offers 30 more miles per tankful, cares for the car engine and creates less pollution.

United Co-op buys Action Stations

United Co-operatives, the largest independent co-operative society in the UK – with a £1.9billion turnover – has bought Action Stations, which operates in the Yorkshire, north east and Nottingham areas. It has acquired seven sites – based at Wakefield, Pontefract, Ossett, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Retford and Sunderland – which form part of a business set up in 1994 by Paul Jervis. It has an annual turnover of more than £38m and employs more than 100 staff.

Total on the defence

Total has issued a statement regarding our latest Shop Doctor report in which its site in Eastleigh, Hampshire gets a further hammering.
Jewers - returns to the Gulf brand as retail director
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Jewers returns to boost Gulf brand

Keith Jewers has returned to the Gulf brand which he left when Chevron sold its UK interests in the mid-90s. He has been appointed director of Gulf Retail, which has signed 150 dealers in the three years since the brand returned to the UK.

Attacker sent to jail

A court has heard how a petrol station employee was viciously attacked and repeatedly kicked as he lay on the forecourt.

Morrisons will sell off BP/Safeway sites

Morrisons is planning to sell off its share of the 61 BP Safeway Partnership sites following the disbandment of the eight-year-old joint venture, announced last month.

news in brief

ROADCHEF is rolling out a new format for its forecourt shops, following a six-month consultation with retail consultancy Breathing Space. Analysis of sales at trial sites – Watford Gap and Clacket Lane – have shown that while fuel volume is remaining static, basket spend is up by 5%. Mike Hobbs, director of Breathing Space, explained: “We’ve looked at product and category placement, ease of layout and signage so customers can identify very quickly what’s on offer. ” The new concept will be rolled out to all RoadChef forecourt shops in the next two months, but the capital investment is being phased in later on.

Cluster bombshell

Shell has been through many changes in the management of its UK company-owned retail network in the past decade – and it’s about to embark on another one. The last radical changes came towards the end of the ‘90s when, after several years trying to settle on a variety of retail formulas to fit with a dramatically changing market – some of which seriously challenged its relationship with retailers – it went back to basics.

Shop Doctor revisited

It’s the first anniversary of my stealthcheck reports so my editor suggested I re-visit one of the worst and one of the best sites of the past year to review any changes.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 25 May 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands111.76123.12106.54
North East110.34125.25104.79
North West111.33119.82106.56
Northern Ireland108.52111.40102.55
South East113.2059.90124.27108.35
South West111.83124.12106.47
West Midlands112.13125.12106.81
Yorkshire & Humber111.6957.70121.80105.92

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