Fuel supplier Rix Petroleum has extended its coverage in the East Midlands with the acquisition of Gainsborough-based K9 Fuels for an undisclosed sum.
The move extends Rix Petroleum’s coverage in Lincoln, Market Rasen, Gainsborough, Horncastle, Louth, Spilsby and Retford, and enables the business to push into Worksop, Newark and Nottinghamshire for the first time.
It brings to three the number of Rix depots across Lincolnshire, adding to existing operations in Immingham and Spalding.
Duncan Lambert, managing director of Rix Petroleum, paid tribute to former owners Ken and Ann Shingdia who sold the business after deciding to retire.
He said: “K9 Fuels is a fantastic business run very much along the same lines as Rix Petroleum. We are both family firms with a deep-rooted commitment to dependable and friendly customer service.
“When we heard Ken and Ann had decided to retire, we immediately expressed an interest in the business because it sits between our other Lincolnshire operations in Immingham and Spalding, meaning we have extended our coverage of the region to include mid-Lincolnshire and west into Nottinghamshire.”
Under the deal, all the staff at K9 Fuels will continue to work at the business.
The move also created two additional jobs, with Steve Ella taking on the new business manager role, and a new driver’s post.
The tanker fleet will be updated with state-of-the-art technology and branding that reflects both the K9 Fuels and Rix Petroleum names.
Lambert said: “Ken and Ann have built a fantastic business which has attracted a loyal customer base and we feel privileged they have chosen us to take that business forward.
“We intend to make the transition as smooth as possible so customers can be assured of complete continuity of service.”
Ken Shingdia said that finding the right successor to take the business on had been one of the biggest challenges of deciding to retire.
But he added that with more than 80 years’ experience in delivering fuel, he believed Rix Petroleum was the right choice to continue where he and Ann had left off.
“We are pleased to say that we have been able to secure a sale and pass the full operation over to Rix Petroleum, another local and family owned business,” he said.
“We have complete confidence that what we have worked hard to achieve will continue in the safe hands of a company that shares our own values and attitude towards customer service.”
In the Forecourt Trader Fuel Market Review 2019 in June, Rix reported it was supplying a total of 56 petrol filling stations, including 29 Rix-branded sites.