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Slowly but surely, and using a tried and trusted formula, Peregrine Retail is making its mark in the South West of England.

Sandringham gem

HKS, the Leicester-based Top 50 Indie, last month celebrated its 31st birthday with the launch of its flagship site, HKS Sandringham, its biggest development to date. It was a busy month for the successful Thakrar family business, with confirmation that it has acquired seven new sites from Shell, to add to its 27-strong network.

Life's a Breeze for Harvest

Last month Harvest Energy launched a new sub-brand Breeze on a redeveloped site at Holmer Green, near High Wycombe. The company describes it as the first 'virtually attended' filling station in the UK. The 'attendants' are 100 miles away in Peterborough, remotely operating the forecourt as if they were on site, through a state-of-the-art system of CCTV links, Scheidt & Bachmann fuel pumps and Clou CRID card payment technology.

Forecourt sites win two Londis awards

Two forecourts picked up awards when Londis announced the winners of its annual Store of the Year awards.

Sewell on the go opens new lorry park

The first purpose-built lorry park on the A63 Westbound, at Hull, has been opened by Sewell on the go, which is ranked 23rd in Forecourt Trader's Top 50 Indies.

Smiles all round

It's happy days for Mike Cheskin's two Gulf-branded Gloucestershire forecourts as volumes and profits have increased by over 25% and his daughter Ruth demonstrates that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

The forecourt site saga

As I arrive at Exelby Services' new £6.5m filling station and truck stop just off the A1M at Leeming Bar, I am greeted with a broad smile the type of smile that reflects a great sense of pride and relief that this state-of-the art facility is finally up and running and proving its worth.

Boosting value

You don't expect to see pallets loaded with bulk packs of products in a forecourt convenience store, but that's just what you get at Bush Service Station, one of Top 50 Indie Falcon Sharma's 12-strong network of forecourts in and around the Midlands.

A growing force

The total number of sites run by the Top 50 Indies has surged by more than 300 compared with last year, boosted by MFG's acquisition of more than 220 sites from Murco, and the continuing sell-off of sites by other oil companies.

Full of beans

It's going to be an especially busy year for Joe Richardson, managing director of Goole-based Jos Richardson & Son, a family-owned business with five forecourts in the north east.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 2 December 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East130.4464.90137.85126.18
East Midlands129.9982.90139.43126.05
London130.54139.65126.88
North East128.54136.77124.41
North West129.2561.90138.14125.60
Northern Ireland127.29130.90123.52
Scotland129.94136.84125.21
South East131.0865.90138.76126.97
South West129.90137.19125.67
Wales129.05134.76124.63
West Midlands129.85138.70125.98
Yorkshire & Humber129.2763.90138.21125.38

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