Forecourt owner Visvanathan Ragunathan has partnered with Southern Co-op for the opening of his new site at Southwater in West Sussex. The store at the Texaco fuel station is trading under Southern Co-op’s Welcome franchise brand. He said: "Our customers love the Co-op own-label range and promotions. They love our smartly dressed colleagues and that, if they ask for a product, we can get it in for them with no fuss.

"They love the quality and ethical stance of the Co-op and already our fresh food sales are exceeding all our expectations. We would also like to say special thanks to the franchise team at Southern Co-op for the extraordinary support during our opening weeks we couldn’t have done better without them."

The 2,600sq ft store, in Worthing Road, has been transformed from a previous car showroom, which has been moved to other connecting premises and is hoped to be opened later in 2019.