All Retailers articles – Page 5

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    Smiles all round

    2015-04-07T00:00:00Z

    It’s happy days for Mike Cheskin’s two Gulf-branded Gloucestershire forecourts as volumes and profits have increased by over 25% and his daughter Ruth demonstrates that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Mike’s long career in petrol retailing began in 1968, working for the Alan Pond Group in ...

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    A growing force

    2015-03-06T00:00:00Z

    The total number of sites run by the Top 50 Indies has surged by more than 300 compared with last year, boosted by MFG’s acquisition of more than 220 sites from Murco, and the continuing sell-off of sites by other oil companies. Between them the Top 50 companies account ...

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    Boosting value

    2015-03-06T00:00:00Z

    You don’t expect to see pallets loaded with bulk packs of products in a forecourt convenience store, but that’s just what you get at Bush Service Station, one of Top 50 Indie Falcon Sharma’s 12-strong network of forecourts in and around the Midlands. In fact the store is bristling ...

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    Full of beans

    2015-02-02T00:00:00Z

    It’s going to be an especially busy year for Joe Richardson, managing director of Goole-based Jos Richardson Son, a family-owned business with five forecourts in the north east. Having recently completed a £150,000 store expansion and refit on the company’s Primrose Valley Service Station, in Filey, North ...

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    Provident pastures

    2014-12-03T00:00:00Z

    Last month the Top 50 Indie Dewsbury-based Brookfield Group, held a grand celebration to mark the opening of its new £2m forecourt development in Pocklington, East Yorkshire. The launch of the new-to-industry site was marked by a two-day event which included a visit from a Ferrari Formula 1 racing car, ...

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    Sites for sore eyes

    2014-10-03T00:00:00Z

    Life in the fast lane, for many of us is literally just that charging down the outside lane of the motorway in a rush to get to the next appointment, whether that is work or play. But wouldn’t it be nice to get off once in a while and ...

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    Building business

    2014-10-03T00:00:00Z

    It’s a busy time for the Simon Smith Group with the imminent knockdown rebuild of two of its seven filling stations. The new sites include shops with a combined floor space of 5,000sq ft, which will add impetus to the firm’s retailing business. Plans are also in place to introduce ...

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    Sound vision

    2014-09-22T00:00:00Z

    Falcon Garage is an amazing new development that displays great vision. And so will its customers when plans to open an opticians on the forecourt reach fruition later on this year. The site, in Tadley, Hampshire, is owned by Suresh Patel and his wife Usha, and has been totally transformed ...

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    Social climbers

    2014-09-22T00:00:00Z

    If you’re not posting or tweeting, uploading or linking you could be missing a promotional trick. That’s because more and more forecourt retailers are using the likes of Facebook and Twitter to boost their profile in their community and promote what they do. Take Amanda Manchett, group marketing manager ...

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    Partners for profit

    2014-08-13T00:00:00Z

    Strong growth continues to underpin the financial performance of MPK Garages Ltd, with the Leicester-based forecourt operator reaping the benefits from its partnership with Londis and an incisive fuel supply strategy. Last year’s turnover for the Top 50 Indie rose by over 20% as its portfolio of 25 filling stations, ...

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    The Winning Legacy

    2014-07-12T00:00:00Z

    When the Chartman Group’s Winning Post site in Exeter finally opened its doors on May 14 it was the culmination of a seven-year plan to create a legacy. It hasn’t all been plain sailing, but by being patient, and with a bit of good luck thrown in, the end ...

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    Pride of Portsbridge

    2014-06-09T00:00:00Z

    It’s been a painstaking process but last month saw the opening of a glorious redevelopment of a forecourt site in Cosham, Portsmouth, by the family-run Garner Group. Brothers Mike and Tim Garner, along with financial director Dave Auger, have overseen an amazing transformation of Portsbridge Service Station, a small, traditional ...

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    Creating a legacy (Pt 3)

    2014-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Exeter-based Top 50 Indie, the Chartman Group, has finally completed the redevelopment of its flagship Winning Post site on the A38 at Haldon Hill (see April and May issues for previous reports). The site lies within an area of great landscape value, and the design brief was for a high-quality ...

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    A new beginning

    2014-05-08T00:00:00Z

    They’d had their eye on it for eight years, and finally last December the Cheema family acquired their first forecourt. They bought a Texaco site just over a mile down the road from their award-winning Costcutter convenience store in Tile Hill, Coventry. It was sold to them by Top 50 ...

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    Creating a legacy (Pt 2)

    2014-05-08T00:00:00Z

    After a rather flood-ridden start, progress has continued steadily at the new leading-edge forecourt being built by the Chartman Group, the Exeter-based Top 50 Indie, which has nine sites. The company received planning approval for the redevelopment of its iconic Winning Post location near Exeter last year, and all was ...

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    Sealing the deal

    2014-04-03T00:00:00Z

    He said he’d never do it, but in February Ken Kay confirmed that he’d put all his eggs into one basket, by signing the final one of his 12 sites over to the Texaco brand. "I have never wanted to do it because putting everything in one basket is a ...

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    Creating a legacy

    2014-04-03T00:00:00Z

    When last-minute planning issues pushed back the start date on Chartman’s knockdown and rebuild of its flagship Winning Post Filling station, near Plymouth, Devon, they could not have imagined what a challenge the elements would present. Work finally began in mid-January, and Chartman director, Clive Sheppard, comments: "Obviously you ...

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    Forecourt store picks up top convenience award

    2014-04-03T00:00:00Z

    Former Forecourt Trader of the Year winner Parkfoot Garage was crowned Convenience Retailer of the Year 2014 at the Convenience Retail Awards, organised by trade magazines Convenience Store and The Grocer. The competition celebrates the best convenience stores in the UK in terms of business achievement, product range, customer ...

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    Shell shocker

    2014-02-11T00:00:00Z

    Customers making their regular stop at Tanerdy Garage in Carmarthen were in for a bit of a shock. Not only was it the start of 2014 and time to get back to work, but the colours were all different on their local forecourt. Colours that had been there for 85 ...

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    Sainsbury’s milestone

    2014-02-11T00:00:00Z

    A new Sainsbury’s forecourt and store represent a major milestone for the supermarket giant as the number of Sainsbury’s Local stores has exceeded its supermarkets for the first time. The store, Sainsbury’s Balsall Common Local in Coventry, is the 594th Sainsbury’s Local. Sainsbury’s has pledged to open two ...