Murco Petroleum Ltd and Costcutter Supermarkets Group are to continue their partnership with a new three year contract to supply Murco’s 230 company-owned forecourts across the UK. This further extends the relationship between the two companies that began in 1996 and covers both the Murco full supermarket and smaller ‘Express’ store formats.

Costcutter Supermarket Group’s new buy and supply arrangements, which include the partnership with Palmer and Harvey, was particularly significant in Murco’s decision to sign the new £multimillion contract.

In addition, two other important factors that influenced Murco were the imminent introduction of a new Costcutter Supermarkets Group own brand, called Independent, and a considerably improved multi-temperature delivery service through a nationwide spine of 14 depots.

Gary Pearce, Murco’s general manager non-fuel said: “Over the past 17 years, we have worked with Costcutter Supermarkets Group to develop and offer customers to Murco stations an unrivalled forecourt shopping experience.

“We are confident that with Costcutter we can continue to provide customers with an exceptional product range, top name brands at great prices, ongoing value promotions and an attractive shopping environment.”

Jamie Davison, sales director at Costcutter Supermarkets Group, said: “Murco has been a valued member of Costcutter Supermarkets Group for a long time and we very much look forward to the continuation of this relationship. We firmly believe that Murco and its franchisee managers will see significant benefits from our new buy and supply arrangements and, through our partnership with Palmer and Harvey, we are incredibly well placed to meet the needs of their large network.”