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  • Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - GH Lunn & Sons, Simply Fresh Weare, Axbridge, Somerset
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    Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - GH Lunn & Sons, Simply Fresh Weare, Axbridge, Somerset

    2013-11-08T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: I have read a lot of positive reports about Simply Fresh the fast-growing symbol group that places great emphasis on community-based, family-owned businesses that are encouraged to support local suppliers. The rustic style of branding promotes the concept of fresh foods and has an intriguing tag line ...

  • Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Wellington Service Station, Archway Rd, London N6
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    Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Wellington Service Station, Archway Rd, London N6

    2013-10-07T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Esso Snack Shop Wellington Service Station is virtually located on an ’island’! An island made up of the Archway Road (A1) and North Hill that joins Aylmer Road and leads onto the North Circular with its access to the M1. Traffic is constant, at ...

  • Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Milton Road Service Station, Southsea
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    Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Milton Road Service Station, Southsea

    2013-09-02T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: I felt it high time I visited a Shop’N Drive site so ’stuck a pin’ in the Rontec website Petrol Station Finder and came up with Milton Road, Southsea. FORECOURT: My target is well identified by an Esso-branded pole and canopy. The forecourt is quite a ...

  • Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month: Applegreen Fairies Cross, Oakpark Road, Tralee, Co Kerry
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    Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month: Applegreen Fairies Cross, Oakpark Road, Tralee, Co Kerry

    2013-08-07T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Applegreen Fairies Cross is located in the Republic of Ireland on the outskirts of Tralee, the county town of County Kerry. It is a corner site with a lot of passing traffic and is near the Kerry Technology Park and the Tralee Pitch Putt Club. ...

  • Shop Doctor: Freshwater Garages, Isle of Wight
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    Shop Doctor: Freshwater Garages, Isle of Wight

    2013-07-10T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Freshwater Garages is in Freshwater town centre, on the Isle of Wight. It is on a corner, is very visible and is opposite a large Southern Co-op. FORECOURT: The Pace-branded site is long and narrow. The pole shows illuminated fuel prices and the different parts of ...

  • Shop Doctor:  Shell Halfmoon, Epping, Essex
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    Shop Doctor: Shell Halfmoon, Epping, Essex

    2013-06-04T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: I was happy to pull into the Shell Halfmoon service station as its advertised pole prices were competitive. I also needed a snack for lunch and was interested to again sample some of the Shell ’Deli2go’ range. FORECOURT: It’s a medium-size forecourt with a ...

  • Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Joblings Garage, Bicester, Oxon
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    Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Joblings Garage, Bicester, Oxon

    2013-05-02T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: A Forecourt Trader reader suggested a visit to a site with friendly staff, Joblings Garage in Bicester. It is a BP/Mace site, right next door to the Joblings family’s official Kia and Peugeot new and used motor business. FORECOURT: The garage, with its ...

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    Shop Doctor: BP Wisbech Road Service Station, Littleport, Cambridgeshire

    2013-04-05T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: This site, developed by the James Graven group, is perhaps better known as Spar Littleport and for winning best environmentally friendly outlet awards. In October 2012 the enterprise was leased to BP. I have long wanted to visit the site and what better time than now, some ...

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    Shop Doctor: Morrisons Petrol Station, West Bay Rd, Bridport, Dorset

    2013-03-07T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Just south of Bridport, on the B3157, is a Morrisons. But my stealth check target was the supermarket’s petrol station and shop. FORECOURT: The petrol station and its shop are right by the entrance to the superstore. The large forecourt looked functional and the approach ...

  • Shop Doctor: Budgens of Wells, Somerset
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    Shop Doctor: Budgens of Wells, Somerset

    2013-02-08T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Not far from the cathedral is the Forecourt Trader of the Year 2012 prize-winning enterprise, Budgens of Wells. Opened in July 2011, the BP forecourt and Budgens store is located in the heart of a dense housing area. FORECOURT: The site has impact thanks to the ...

  • Shop Doctor: Ward End Service Station, Birmingham
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    Shop Doctor: Ward End Service Station, Birmingham

    2013-01-14T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Ward End Service Station is the unit where Booker recently introduced its new Premier Food Fuel concept. The bespoke offer is now being rolled out. The trial received good publicity and I was keen to make a ’stealth check’ on the test store. FORECOURT: ...

  • Shop Doctor: BP/Mace Thatcham, Woolhampton,  Nr Thatcham, Berkshire
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    Shop Doctor: BP/Mace Thatcham, Woolhampton, Nr Thatcham, Berkshire

    2012-12-17T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: On the A4, almost midway between Newbury and Reading, is a BP Mace service station. It shares a spacious site with WCE self-drive vehicle hire and MERC servicing and repairs. FORECOURT: The BP/Mace-branded pole with illuminated fuel prices is not very visible approaching from Newbury, but ...

  • Shop Doctor: Rampton Service Station, Rampton, Nottinghamshire
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    Shop Doctor: Rampton Service Station, Rampton, Nottinghamshire

    2012-10-30T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Roughly in the centre of a triangle comprising Lincoln, Gainsborough and Retford, is the village of Rampton and R R Motors and Linda’s Convenience Store, which is also known as Rampton Service Station. Linda and Richard Sheppard, the owners of Rampton Service Station, were awarded a ...

  • Shop Doctor: City Service Station, Commercial Road, Hereford
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    Shop Doctor: City Service Station, Commercial Road, Hereford

    2012-10-01T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: In Hereford, the A4103 from Worcester leads into the busy Commercial Road. City Service Station looks like a recent conversion to a smart Harvest Energy site. FORECOURT: Driving towards the site, it is unfortunate that the pole is partly obscured by one of the ...

  • Shop Doctor: Tinkerbell Service Station, Barford St Martin, Wiltshire
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    Shop Doctor: Tinkerbell Service Station, Barford St Martin, Wiltshire

    2012-09-04T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: The BP/Spar Tinkerbell Service Station is just outside the village of Barford St Martin on the A30, almost at the mid-point between Salisbury and Shaftesbury. FORECOURT: The large forecourt is well signed by its BP-branded pole and canopy but seems rather stark. Some BP ...

  • Shop Doctor: Winchester Murco Service Station
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    Shop Doctor: Winchester Murco Service Station

    2012-07-30T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: My target is the Forecourt Trader 2010 rural category winner, a Murco/Costcutter Express situated at the Bar End area of Winchester. The enterprise is just off the M3 at junction 10 and close to the St Catherine’s and Barfield Park Ride sites. ...

  • Shop Doctor: Esso/On the Run Service Station, Chiswick Flyover, Chiswick, London
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    Shop Doctor: Esso/On the Run Service Station, Chiswick Flyover, Chiswick, London

    2012-07-03T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Strategically positioned on the A315 Chiswick High Road, and right on top of a slip road entrance to the A4 Great West Road, is the Esso/On the Run site. High volumes of traffic must pass the site continuously. What a location but is the site capitalising on ...

  • Shop Doctor: Maiden Newton Service Station, Dorchester Road, Dorset
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    Shop Doctor: Maiden Newton Service Station, Dorchester Road, Dorset

    2012-06-08T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Maiden Newton is on the A356 (Crewkerne to Dorchester) road, some nine miles from Dorchester. It is a small village with a convenience store, post office and newsagents. My target was the Texaco service station with its Spar shop. FORECOURT: The A356 ...

  • Shop Doctor: Total/Bonjour, A27 Eastbound, Emsworth, Hampshire
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    Shop Doctor: Total/Bonjour, A27 Eastbound, Emsworth, Hampshire

    2012-04-30T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Total/Bonjour is the only service station directly on the busy east-bound A27 between Southampton and Chichester. It shares a site with a Little Chef and Travelodge. It is a popular site with drivers particularly HGV drivers as its price for fuel is generally the same ...

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    Shop Doctor: Deeside Service Station, Deeside Industrial Park

    2012-04-04T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Two miles from the end of the M56, on the A548 towards north Wales and at the entrance to Zone 2 of the Deeside Industrial Park, stands the large Euro Garages site (around 2.5 acres) with its 24-hour BP, Starbucks drive-thru coffee shop, Spar store and Burger King. ...