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A new beginning

They'd had their eye on it for eight years, and finally last December the Cheema family acquired their first forecourt.

Forecourt store picks up top convenience award

Former Forecourt Trader of the Year winner Parkfoot Garage was crowned Convenience Retailer of the Year 2014 at the Convenience Retail Awards, organised by trade magazines Convenience Store and The Grocer.

Sealing the deal

He said he'd never do it, but in February Ken Kay confirmed that he'd put all his eggs into one basket, by signing the final one of his 12 sites over to the Texaco brand. "I have never wanted to do it because putting everything in one basket is a risk, and I've always tried to balance risk," said Ken, who is CEO of the Blackburn-based Kay Group (UK) Ltd.

Creating a legacy

When last-minute planning issues pushed back the start date on Chartman's knockdown and rebuild of its flagship Winning Post Filling station, near Plymouth, Devon, they could not have imagined what a challenge the elements would present.

First Costco PFS to open by summer

The US retail giant Costco has confirmed to Forecourt Trader that its first UK petrol filling station (PFS) is scheduled to open before the summer.

BP accused of trying to wipe out customer's site

The owner of a BP garage has accused the oil giant of aiming to wipe out his business after it won planning permission for a massive development just 50m from his site.

Site suffers from storm damage

Emergency services had to be called to Hazlegrove Services in Yeovil, Somerset, to deal with storm damage to the canopy.

Sainsbury's milestone

A new Sainsbury's forecourt and store represent a major milestone for the supermarket giant as the number of Sainsbury's Local stores has exceeded its supermarkets for the first time.

Shell shocker

Customers making their regular stop at Tanerdy Garage in Carmarthen were in for a bit of a shock. Not only was it the start of 2014 and time to get back to work, but the colours were all different on their local forecourt. Colours that had been there for 85 years...

Nisa-ly does it

Over the past 30 years Barry and Joan Raw have built up a strong business which, at its peak, sold over 15 million litres of fuel from three sites in the North East of England. Until recently, all three sites retailed under the Jet brand with what the family described as a "standard fuel and shop offering". However, in July 2013 they made a pioneering move to convert one of their sites to a full Nisa-branded operation at Redworth Service Station in Shildon on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland, with fuel supplied by Greenergy. On completion of the work, fuel and shop sales increased by 20% almost overnight. "It was like turning on a light," says Joan. "People could see what we were offering and clearly liked what they saw."

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RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East130.4761.40138.28126.22
East Midlands130.01140.66126.05
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North East128.45138.66124.29
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West Midlands129.94138.53126.11
Yorkshire & Humber129.21138.68125.42

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