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Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Applegreen A14 Spaldwick, near Huntingdon

LOCATION: on the trunk road service area of the busy A14 near Huntingdon.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Hursts Grab & Go, Thetford West, Norfolk

LOCATION: This site is on the busy A11 Thetford by-pass in the London-bound direction

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Shell Farnborough Farnborough Road, Hants

LOCATION: I approached my target the new Budgens at Shell Farnborough site which opened on September 1 from the M3 (Junction 4) via the Blackwater Way (A331) and on to the A325 Farnborough Road.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Roughton Service Station, Norwich Road, Roughton, Norfolk

LOCATION: This site is on the A140 Norwich-to-Cromer road. Coming from the Norwich direction, unless you know it's there, you could over-run and pass the forecourt as the signage seems to be better from the Cromer direction.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - MRH Feering, A12, Colchester, Essex

LOCATION: MRH Feering is located on the busy A12 London Road, northbound towards Colchester.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - BP Budgens Wednesbury Service Station, Walsall Street, West Midlands

LOCATION: This site is on busy Walsall Street, near Wednesbury town centre.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Shop'N Drive service station Station Road, Chobham, Surrey

LOCATION: My target is located on Station Road (A 3046) in Chobham village, at a roundabout with the High Street.

Leaway Service Station scores

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Leaway Service Station, Meadway, Birmingham


Crossways Service Station, Neyland

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Havenbridge Road, Neyland, Pembrokeshire

LOCATION: I approached the Crossways Service Station from Pembroke Dock across the toll bridge on the A477 towards Haverfordwest. It was easy to find as the Gulf-branded canopy and pole really stood out.

Shell Cobham Services,

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Shell, Cobham Services, Surrey M25 between junctions nine and 10


LOCATION: This site is on the ultra-busy M25 and is easily accessible clockwise and anti-clockwise. The site is part of Cobham Services so benefits from countdown signage on the motorway. Once you come off the motorway, it's easy to find your way to the forecourt as you can see the bright Shell signs.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Tout's Budgens, Bristol Road, Nailsea, Wraxall, Somerset

LOCATION: Just on the edge of the town of Nailsea, is the prize-winning Tout's Budgens store.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Euro Garges/Sainsbury's Local, Heathrow North

LOCATION: This site is just off the M4, on Shepiston Lane, right near Heathrow Airport. Forecourt: Banners out the front of this spacious forecourt highlight the goodies inside including a Greggs and a Subway. One banner says 'Fuel your senses'. I was not sure what that meant but afterwards googled it and it refers to an Esso/McLaren/Honda film starring Jenson Button.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Verwood Motors, Ringwood Road, Verwood, Dorset

LOCATION: My target, Verwood Motors, part of the Central Convenience Stores enterprise, is situated on the B3081 that runs through the town of Verwood, between the A31 and A354.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Shell Select, Brenzett, Kent

LOCATION: This Shell site is on a roundabout just outside Brenzett on the Romney Marsh. The site is very visible from the roundabout but it's not obvious how you get to it. I had to turn one way and do a U-turn to get in. There used to be a Little Chef adjacent to the forecourt but now it's a business selling sheds.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Parkfoot Garage, West Malling, Kent

LOCATION: Located on the busy A20 in West Malling, Kent my stealth check target is the prize-winning Parkfoot Garage. The site won the first Forecourt Trader of the Year award in 1996 and, for the past four years, has been the Best Site in London & South East in the 4mlpa plus category. Now that's consistency and surely worth another visit.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - HKS Sandringham, Melton Road, Leicester

LOCATION: This site is on the busy A607, also known as Leicester's Golden Mile.
FORECOURT: This is a very impressive looking site. It is clearly signed from the busy main road with the BP sign as well as Spar, Costa Express and Subway branding plus the fuel prices, which were very competitive.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Crewe Service Station, Crewe, Cheshire

LOCATION: My target is located just to the north of the 'railway town' of Crewe, close to Bradfield Green on the B5076. It is the first MFG- owned garage to trial the Morrisons c-store concept 'Morrisons Daily'.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Sewell on the go South Cave A63 East Yorkshire

LOCATION: South Cave is a village, approximately 12 miles from Hull. This Sewell on the go site is just off the busy A63. Forecourt: It's a very impressive drive into the site with the pole sign featuring BP, Costa Express, Subway and Nectar points. There's another big sign with the message 'Subway We Are Now Open' and a smaller one communicating the free-to-use ATM. Yet another sign advertises the Car Spa jet wash and drive thru. A lot of signs but there's lots of space, so it's not cluttered.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Gloucestershire Gateway, Gloucester Services, M5 Northbound

LOCATION: Northbound on the M5 and wanting refreshment and to refuel, I just had to head for Gloucester Services (located between junctions 12 and 11a), the 2015 Forecourt Trader of the Year winner. I had heard so many good things about it I was determined to see it for myself.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Chatham Road Service Station, Maidstone, Kent

LOCATION: My target, the Chatham Road Service Station, is located just south of junction six on the M20 and north of Maidstone on the A229. The site is on a service road and if travelling south, drivers must go right round a busy roundabout and come back on themselves. It was okay for me as I wanted to visit the site, but it's a bit of a hassle for local drivers. To make it worthwhile, it needs to be special.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - HKS Coalville, London Road, Coalville, Leics

LOCATION: Coalville, a former coal mining town in north west Leicestershire, lies on the A511 trunk road between Leicester and Burton upon Trent. This site is the first in the UK to be branded Essar.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Hill's Retail Redditch Service Station, Worcestershire

LOCATION: Hill's Retail Redditch Service Station is close to the new town estate of Winyates, in the middle of a large residential area. Situated on the B4497, it is also very close to a large Bristol Street Motors site and a Morrisons superstore that sells fuel.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - MRH Retail Hornsey Rise, Hornsey, London

LOCATION: The busy A103 Hornsey Rise road dissects the middle of an area bordered by Upper Holloway, Stroud Green and Crouch End. So, my stealth check target is surrounded by thousands of houses.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Applegreen Swaythling Road, Southampton

LOCATION: Swaythling, to the east of Southampton, has lots and lots of households with lots of motors, but only a few superstores, service stations and convenience stores. So, great potential for the Applegreen-branded service station near West End and close to a roundabout on the busy A27 that threads through the district.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Micheldever Service Station, Cocksford Down, Popham, Hampshire

LOCATION: Micheldever Service Station is located on the A303 eastbound at Popham and was, until recently, an Esso 'On the Run'. It is now one of the growing numbers of Euro Garage sites in the south. There are the usual 'service station ahead' signs on the A303, but the service station pole is not visible until drivers are on the slip road up to the site.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - BP/M&S Simply Food Service Station, Wisley South, Surrey

LOCATION: It has been some time since I visited a large site with a shop operated by a national multiple and where, perhaps, the local team has little strategic autonomy its task being to run the enterprise effectively as dictated by head office.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Kingsclere Service Station, Kingsclere, Hampshire

LOCATION: It is reported that the new My Local convenience store chain "will operate in the space between independents and multiples, with the emphasis on local and fresh". It could be argued that this is the same space that many Budgens operate in. But Budgens is facing possible change now that Booker has purchased it and Londis from Musgrave. So I thought it timely to visit a new Budgens store. This Peregrine Retail site opened this spring. It's a new-build on the A339 almost equidistant (about eight miles) from Basingstoke and Newbury

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Burnham Motors Garage, Burnham Market, Norfolk

LOCATION: A free tourist guide to North Norfolk gives a warning to motorists that they may find petrol stations tricky to find. It then gives a list of towns with a filling station so a pin in the list and I find myself off to do a stealth check in Burnham Market.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Grand Stand Service Station, Fairmoor, near Morpeth, Northumberland

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Shell Lymington, Hampshire

LOCATION: Shell Lymington is located on the busy A337 Christchurch-to-Lyndhurst road at the village of Pennington, just a mile or so outside Lymington.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Nantycaws Filling Station, A48, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

In the surgery this month

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - High Noon Northbound Services, Symonds Yat, Hereford


High Noon Northbound Services is on the busy A40 between Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye at Symonds Yat. High Noon Stores won The Grocer Gold Award in 2014 as the Independent Retail Chain of the Year, so I was keen to visit this site in such a popular tourist destination.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Portsbridge Nisa, Cosham

LOCATION: This Forecourt Trader of the Year award-winning site is located on the busy Portsmouth Road, just off the A27. It is on the edge of a dense area of housing, by Highbury College and next to a pub.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Commandery Service Station, Worcester

LOCATION: The Commandery Service Station, one of four owned by Burns & Co, is located right in the city centre of Worcester. I also planned to pop into Hereford to visit another of their sites.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Falcon Garage, Burghfield Road, Tadley, Hampshire

LOCATION: The Falcon Garage at Tadley is located on the A340, where it snakes around the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) towards Aldermaston.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Tile Hill Service Station, Coventry


Paul and Pinda Cheema are well known in the convenience store sector as award-winning retailers. Last year was a significant one for them they purchased their first service station, left Costcutter and agreed a partnership with Nisa.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Wild Goose Garage, Dursley, Gloucestershire

LOCATION: Wild Goose Garage, what an intriguing name! So, thought I would make a stealth check, then learned that the enterprise had won Best Pace Forecourt in the 2014 SuperStation Awards. Even more reason to make a visit.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - White's Calver, Flint House Garage, Calver Sough, Hope Valley, Derbyshire

LOCATION: My target is a family owned business, in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, on the A623 at the village of Calver.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Park & Shop Romsey, Winchester Road, Romsey, Hampshire

LOCATION: Very close to the busy centre of the small market town of Romsey is a BP Park & Shop service station. In such a central position it is very accessible and visible thanks to its large branded canopy and pole with prices.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Broadway Garage, Broadstairs, Kent

LOCATION: Just outside Broadstairs on the A255 are two large retail parks both part of the Westwood Gateway complex including major superstores offering fuel at highly competitive prices. They provide fierce competition for my target site the Broadway Garage trading as Morrison's Budgens of Broadstairs.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month Bellingers Service Station, Grove, Wantage, Oxfordshire


A business with a service station, shop, franchise to sell new and used Vauxhall and Chevrolet cars and a micro-brewery must be worth a visit! Bellingers has two sites one in Abingdon and my target at Grove. It is on the A338 just outside Wantage and is clearly visible the distinctive Jet service station and Vauxhall car display make it hard to miss.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Ings Service Station, Staveley, Cumbria


Just outside Windermere, on the A591, is the small village of Ings and my target its service station. The forecourt and shop are co-located and part of a large area that also includes a significant parking area, a restaurant/motel (now closed and boarded up) and one of The Lakeland Motorhome Centres. The entrance to the motorhome showroom is right next to the forecourt shop.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Brian Llewelyn, a'i Ferched, Penfro, Eglwyswrw, Crymych, Pembrokeshire


My target is in the beautiful holiday area of North Pembrokeshire. It's located on the B4329, just outside the small village of Eglwyswrw.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Applegreen, Petrogas, High St, Uckfield, East Sussex


At the southern end of Uckfield is a Petrogas Applegreen site. This was the first Applegreen to introduce a Subway store and a new store design. I was interested to see it now, after about a year of trading.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Fraser Budgens, Marlborough, Wilts


My target is the prize-winning Fraser Budgens site at Marlborough. It's located on the Marlborough Business Park, just a mile from the town centre, opposite a large Tesco (no fuel).

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Essentials Meon Hut, West Meon, Petersfield, Hants

LOCATION: Last year, following a few weeks closure for a new-build, this site re-opened as Essentials of West Meon a Nisa/BP Service Station

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month MRH Oxshott, High Street, Oxshott, Surrey


The village of Oxshott is located between Esher and Leatherhead. Close to the main Chelsea FC training ground, it has been described as the "most expensive village with the most footballers in England". My reason for this visit is MRH Retail's new convenience store, Hursts.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Brobot Corby Southern Gateway, Corby, Northants


On the north west outskirts of Corby, at a roundabout, is the new Southern Gateway Business Park. Currently it only has three completed developments - a Premier Inn, a Beefeater restaurant and my target, the award-winning Brobot site.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - B&M Harland, Malton Rd, Pickering, North Yorkshire


Pickering, just south of the North Yorkshire moors, is probably equidistant between Whitby, York, Thirsk and Scarborough. My target is the B&M Harland service station, because it is the first to sell Spar-branded fuels.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - GH Lunn & Sons, Simply Fresh Weare, Axbridge, Somerset


I have read a lot of positive reports about Simply Fresh the fast-growing symbol group that places great emphasis on community-based, family-owned businesses that are encouraged to support local suppliers. The rustic style of branding promotes the concept of fresh foods and has an intriguing tag line 'convenience just got better...'. All this encouraged me to visit the first forecourt to sign-up to the group the Lunn site on the A38, a busy main road between Bristol Airport and the M5.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 22 January 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands124.75131.78121.94
North East124.37133.80121.50
North West124.5460.30132.09121.70
Northern Ireland123.92128.95121.46
South East125.4764.57133.20122.86
South West125.1569.90131.80122.39
West Midlands124.0360.90133.21121.46
Yorkshire & Humber124.27133.45121.33

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