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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

LOCATION:

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.

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North East110.9563.90125.31105.73
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Yorkshire & Humber111.71121.15106.44

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