All Retailers articles – Page 6

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    Site suffers from storm damage

    2014-02-11T00:00:00Z

    Emergency services had to be called to Hazlegrove Services in Yeovil, Somerset, to deal with storm damage to the canopy. Clive Sheppard, director of Chartman, the Forecourt Trader Top 50 Indie that owns the site, said staff alerted him to a piece of metal that was flapping loose on ...

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    First Costco PFS to open by summer

    2014-02-11T00:00:00Z

    The US retail giant Costco has confirmed to Forecourt Trader that its first UK petrol filling station (PFS) is scheduled to open before the summer. As Forecourt Trader revealed exclusively last summer Costco won planning permission for a PFS in the car park of its Liverpool site. Nick ...

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    BP accused of trying to wipe out customer’s site

    2014-02-11T00:00:00Z

    The owner of a BP garage has accused the oil giant of aiming to wipe out his business after it won planning permission for a massive development just 50m from his site. His grievance was deepened because he only learned about the scheme when a friend told him about ...

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    Nisa-ly does it

    2014-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Over the past 30 years Barry and Joan Raw have built up a strong business which, at its peak, sold over 15 million litres of fuel from three sites in the North East of England. Until recently, all three sites retailed under the Jet brand with what the family described ...

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    World class service

    2013-11-08T00:00:00Z

    Once again the cheers rang out for Euro Garages at the glittering occasion of the annual Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards in September. Having taken the top award in 2011 for its Beehive site in Blackburn, the group was once again presented with the most prestigious trophy in the ...

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    Spar to the rescue

    2013-10-07T00:00:00Z

    There’s a new name on the pole sign at Geoff Harland’s B M Harland forecourt in Pickering, North Yorkshire. And although it’s a name well known throughout the forecourt industry, it’s the first time that it’s appeared as branding on fuel. Supplied by Harvest Energy, B M Harland has been ...

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    Motoring ahead

    2013-09-02T00:00:00Z

    There can’t be many service stations around nowadays that date back so far that they’ve gone from doling out hay and water to horses and carriages, right the way through to serving today’s fuel-thirsty vehicles and their demanding drivers/passengers. But that’s just what’s happened at Prestwick-based David Bryson ...

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    Winning the battle

    2013-08-07T00:00:00Z

    St George’s Service Station, Church Way, Doncaster was a site in decline with pump volumes falling to two million litres (from four million at its peak), weekly shop sales of less than £5,000, a forecourt full of pot holes and a canopy leaking like a sieve. Lack of investment over ...

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    Simply great

    2013-07-10T00:00:00Z

    Set in the beautiful, rural landscape of Weare in Somerset, the long-established family business of GH Lunn distinguished itself in May by becoming the first forecourt to feature the relatively new, but fast-growing Simply Fresh symbol branding. Owners Simon and Sarah Lunn have been really excited about the interest ...

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    All’s swell at Bradwell

    2013-07-10T00:00:00Z

    Earlier this year Refuel Go’s Bradwell Service Station in Braintree was awarded the accolade of Symbol Retailer of the Year at Palmer Harvey’s Pro Retail gala dinner. Despite having only opened in July 2012, the 1,200sq ft-plus store is on course to achieve shop sales ...

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    Share and share alike

    2013-02-08T00:00:00Z

    The ’Park Shop’ forecourt convenience brand, successfully developed and implemented by the Park Garage Group across more than 50 forecourts, is now available to operators through the UK as the company looks to further extend its involvement in petrol convenience retailing. Recognised by the industry as a ’Top ...

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    Those golden years

    2012-12-17T00:00:00Z

    You’d need a book to properly relate the life of the colourful character that is Peter Hockenhull, managing director of Leicestershire-based Top 50 Indie Hockenhull Garages. He has a great many stories to tell after 50 years in the fuel retailing business and that’s before you get onto his forays ...

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    Retailer profile: Hordle Garage

    2012-10-01T00:00:00Z

    Attention quickly turns to the unlikely presence of a retro American ambulance parked next to the price pole sign on a visit to Hordle Garage near New Milton in Hampshire’s New Forest. The vehicle was used in Johnny Depp’s film Dark Shadows and when owner Sean Denman saw ...

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    Hindmarch Garage

    2012-09-04T00:00:00Z

    A forecourt business waits for no one even if a late fuel delivery is threatening to hold the owner up for their daughter’s wedding. That’s what happened to Andrew and Diane Hindmarch, who run Hindmarch Garage in Stamford, Lincolnshire. It was undoubtedly one of the busiest weekends of their lives ...

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    Retailer Profile: Brobot Group

    2012-07-30T00:00:00Z

    It’s been more than two decades since the Brobot Group built a site from scratch, but the Top 50 Indie’s latest development on a greenfield site in Corby’s Southern Gateway is a striking concept and represents a new departure for the retailer. Brobot was formed in 1978 as ...

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    Retailer profile: Sewell Retail

    2012-07-03T00:00:00Z

    L ast year was an unsettled one for Hull-based Sewell Retail. When Total announced that it intended to sell its UK retail and marketing operations in September 2010, the Top 50 Indie was thrown into disarray. The company had been with the same fuel supplier for 18 years ...

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    Mo’gas: An irreverant view from the network

    2012-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Hello to you all, long time no speak! So there I was, when my phone rang. "It’s Merril, Forecourt Trader’s 25 years old and I wondered if you would contribute to our anniversary edition?" Twenty five years where has the time gone? Where has my hair gone, for that matter?! ...

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    Retailer profile: Gerald Ronson

    2012-06-08T00:00:00Z

    When the Rontec consortium emerged last year as the lead bidder for Total, the question on many people’s lips was: "Why is Gerald Ronson still messing around with petrol stations?" "It’s a question many people have asked me over the years," confirms Gerald CBE, property magnate extraordinaire, as ...

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    Jos Richardson & Son

    2012-04-30T00:00:00Z

    Joseph Richardson had been happily living in the city and working for a big corporate company as a graduate, but the potential expansion of his dad Tim’s forecourt business proved enough of a draw to take him back to his Yorkshire roots. From 1978 until the mid-noughties, independent ...