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    Positive outlook for forecourts in latest Fuel Market Review


    The forecourt sector has shown it can adapt and is likely to come out of the crisis in better shape than many others, according to Arthur Renshaw, UK Ireland manager for Experian Catalist, writing in the latest Fuel Market Review in the June digital issue of Forecourt Trader. ...

  • ACS survey reveals impact of lockdown on sector

    ACS survey reveals impact of lockdown on sector


    The challenges faced by retailers and colleagues since the lockdown, and the changes that they have made in store to keep their communities going are revealed in findings from a survey by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). The ACS Covid-19 Impact Survey shows that while two thirds of ...

  • Ascona Group to transfer all 37 of its sites to Nisa Retail

    Ascona Group to transfer all 37 of its sites to Nisa Retail


    The Ascona Group has agreed to all its 37 sites being supplied by Nisa Retail. The Top 50 Indie, based in Pembrokeshire, agreed terms just ahead of the outbreak of Covid-19, but that has not hampered the transition of the first 12 stores moving across to Nisa. The ...

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    Pulling together in time of crisis


    The strength of the convenience offer in the majority of service stations means the forecourt sector should have a good chance of surviving the present pandemic crisis more or less in one piece, according to PRA chairman Brian Madderson. He says everyone is pulling together and has praised the government ...

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    Adjusting to lockdown


    Everything has been shaping up nicely at Hill’s Retail, which not long ago reached its 10-year landmark. The Redditch-based business was set up by directors David Hill and Jackie Braziel, and has recently extended its relationship with Gulf as it continues to future-proof its operations, with all three of its ...

  • Nisa store development team helps retailers make stores safer

    Nisa store development team helps retailers make stores safer


    Nisa’s store development team has been helping its retailers to make their stores safer for shoppers and staff during the coronavirus crisis. While more usual store development projects have had to be put on hold, instead the team has been identifying new support mechanisms for retailers. The format team has ...

  • Kay Group plans multi-million pound redevelopment of HQ

    Kay Group plans multi-million pound redevelopment of HQ


    The Kay Group has applied for planning permission for a multi-million pound redevelopment of its Grimshaw Park Service Station in Blackburn. The Top 50 independent is to completely demolish the site - which is also the company’s headquarters - and replace it with a ‘unique’ and ‘contemporary’ three-storey building ...

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    Top 50 Indie on a growing streak


    Having worked as a commission operator for 20 years, Nalliah Thayaparan (known as Thaya) thought he would have a go at owning a petrol station himself. So in 2012, armed with his considerable knowledge gained operating 12 sites for various UK leading independent forecourt companies as well as running ...

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    Camelot congratulates retailers on passing proof of age test


    Camelot has congratulated its retailers for the third year in a row after final results for 2019 show that 91% of National Lottery retailers correctly asked for ID as proof of age on the first visit. The high pass rate has now been maintained for three straight years, and betters ...

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    Blakemore Spar stores trial waste fighting app


    The Spar Fairfield forecourt store is one 15 Blakemore Retail Spar convenience stores based in Lincolnshire which are trialling the Too Good to Go food waste fighting app, which enables people to purchase short-dated food for a reduced price. The app, which was launched in the UK in June 2016, ...

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    Spar Scotland launches new advertising campaign


    Spar Scotland is launching a new advertising campaign, aimed at surprising shoppers with deals on key food and drink products available in Spar stores in Scotland. In a series of TV ads being aired exclusively on STV, the new media campaign from Spar Scotland focuses on six headline products including ...

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    Creating an Oasis for the future


    It’s been a busy summer for Malcolm Blake, director of Oasis Garage in Hull, North Humberside. Not only has he spent a small fortune transforming his tiny forecourt shop to a spacious Spar convenience store, he has also changed fuel brand. After nearly 20 years with Jet, during which time ...

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    A touch of class


    Prepare to be surprised if you ever get the chance to visit (and I would definitely recommend it) the Guild Foods Market in the centre of Guildford, Surrey. Owned by Mayank Shah of MND Oil Co, this amazing newly developed concept store sits on a rather unassuming BP-branded filling station ...

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    Murco’s mini marvel


    The residents of market town Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire have got their service station back thanks to the efforts of Sithamparappillai Paramesvaran (known locally as Appan). Appan already has a successful convenience store but was interested in acquiring a forecourt site too. "I knew a friend who had a forecourt and ...

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    Servicing the community


    The Lincolnshire Co-op has been responsible for some of the rather impressive forecourt openings with stand-out Co-op branding that have been making the news in recent times. It currently has seven forecourt operations and in the past two years has spent around £3.75m rebuilding four of them to create excellent ...

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    Family service with a smile


    For a small family business, the Garner Group has made a big impact on the fuel retailing sector not just with the long years of hard work, community spirit and jolly demeanor, but by creating the most amazing sites out of the most awkward of spaces. Back in 2014 Mike ...

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    Investing with Gusto


    The opening in March of the Dover-based Hammond Group’s stunning Three Elm site at Tonbridge in Kent, was another step in an ongoing programme of development and investment for the business. The former rather outdated site closed in August and was replaced with a £2m shiny new BP-branded forecourt and ...

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    Journey to the top of the indies


    It came as a surprise to many when early in 2018 the Motor Fuel Group announced its acquisition of MRH at the time the UK’s biggest independent fuel retailing group. But for the management team at MFG it was the realisation of yet another great opportunity on a journey which ...

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    Signing up to growth


    Top 50 Indie Refuel Go has increased like-for-like sales by 10% since it relaunched its eight forecourt sites in London and the Home Counties under the Spar fascia. The company now has eight Spar-branded stores supplied by Blakemore Trade Partners. It has 10 sites altogether two are ...

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    Pioneering site leads the field


    When the Forecourt Trader of the Year award winner was finally announced as the A26 Tannaghmore site in Northern Ireland, the stage at the glamorous Hilton on Park Lane erupted in applause and ticker tape, and everyone on the Maxol table fell off their seats. They had been busy ...