All Shop Doctor articles – Page 6

  • In the surgery this month - Thornfalcon Garage, Taunton, Somerset
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    In the surgery this month - Thornfalcon Garage, Taunton, Somerset

    2010-08-27T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Thornfalcon Garage and shop is difficult to miss. It’s a large corner site with two Jet-branded poles one on the A358 and the other on the A378 and both include illuminated prices. And those prices were some 5ppl less than my local supermarkets so the Thornfalcon ...

  • In the surgery this month - Glasbury Service Station, Glasbury-on-Wye, Herefordshire
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    In the surgery this month - Glasbury Service Station, Glasbury-on-Wye, Herefordshire

    2010-07-26T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Glasbury Service Station is situated where the busy B4350 to Hay-on-Wye, the A470 to Brecon and the A238 to Hereford all converge. The site is signposted by a pole and a red Regent-branded canopy. FORECOURT: The forecourt has used cars for ...

  • In the surgery this month - Somerfield Filling Station, Hungerford, Berkshire
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    In the surgery this month - Somerfield Filling Station, Hungerford, Berkshire

    2010-06-30T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: On the A4 at the entrance to the town of Hungerford is a filling station. Its dominant pole tells all with its large distinctive ’T’ star, Somerfield name, 24-hour signs and illuminated fuel prices. FORECOURT: There is easy ...

  • In the surgery this month - Station Road Garage, Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Oxon
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    In the surgery this month - Station Road Garage, Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Oxon

    2010-04-26T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: A neat and attractive stone forecourt and shop, the Station Road Garage at Shipton-Under-Wychwood is situated on the A361 between Burford and Chipping Norton. The site on a tricky bend in the road is well signed with a bright Gulf pole and a separate Gulf and ...

  • In the surgery this month - Stans Superstore  & Forecourt, St Martins, Shropshire
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    In the surgery this month - Stans Superstore & Forecourt, St Martins, Shropshire

    2010-03-29T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Stans Superstore, located in the village of St Martins just off the A5 between Wrexham and Oswestry, is a phenomenal family-run independent enterprise. The Superstore is massive (28,000sq ft) and includes a wide range of fresh food, a gift shop, restaurant, garden centre and a significant range (some ...

  • In the surgery this month – NK Service Station Princethorpe, Warwickshire
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    In the surgery this month – NK Service Station Princethorpe, Warwickshire

    2010-03-02T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Princethorpe is situated south of Coventry on the A423 Banbury Road. It is a small hamlet with a few houses and a pub. The Pace service station is easily identified by the pole clearly displaying the new-design Pace logo. FORECOURT: The ...

  • In the surgery this month – Newport Service Station, Swindon
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    In the surgery this month – Newport Service Station, Swindon

    2010-02-01T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: In the centre of Old Town, Swindon, the Newport Service Station close to a large Co-op supermarket is easy to see thanks to its attractive Harvest Energy branding. FORECOURT: The pole had a broken bottom panel and gave the impression of a site ...

  • In the surgery this month – Bexhill Service Station, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
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    In the surgery this month – Bexhill Service Station, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

    2010-01-12T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: This Jet forecourt and Spar shop on the Barnhorn Road at Bexhill-on-Sea only opened a couple of months ago. The site had been derelict for five years. FORECOURT: The Jet-branded pole is clearly visible and the illuminated prices show that this service station sells cheap ...

  • In the surgery this month – Swan Garage, Buckingham
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    In the surgery this month – Swan Garage, Buckingham

    2009-11-27T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: This site was easily located in the middle of the market town of Buckingham by the familiar Gulf logo. FORECOURT: The forecourt is small with two basic pump islands under a canopy. I needed to refuel and was surprised to discover it was attended service. ...

  • In the surgery this month – Williams Garage, Otterbourne, Hants
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    In the surgery this month – Williams Garage, Otterbourne, Hants

    2009-11-02T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Otterbourne is a village just north of Eastleigh and south of Winchester. In the centre of the village is a thriving enterprise that offers services from a forecourt with shop and post office, through to MOT testing, vehicle hire and even scuba diving! The MOT and service bays, ...

  • In the surgery this month – Applegreen Filling Station, Cottingham Road, Corby, Northamptonshire
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    In the surgery this month – Applegreen Filling Station, Cottingham Road, Corby, Northamptonshire

    2009-10-02T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: On Cottingham Road at what must be the geographic centre of Corby, is a recently-opened Applegreen site owned by Irish independent Petrogas. Petrogas has more than 50 filling stations in Ireland and has announced that it is looking to open 100 sites across the UK. ...

  • In the surgery this month - Square & Compass Garage, Mathry, Pembrokeshire
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    In the surgery this month - Square & Compass Garage, Mathry, Pembrokeshire

    2009-08-28T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: The village of Square and Compass, Pembrokeshire, is situated about midway between St David’s and Fishguard on the busy A487. My stealthcheck target is the Square Compass garage, which is clearly visible via its bright new Total pole. FORECOURT: The Total-branded pole advertises ...

  • In the surgery this month – Texaco, Hornsey Rd, Islington, London
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    In the surgery this month – Texaco, Hornsey Rd, Islington, London

    2009-08-03T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Millwood Motor Company site is situated at the edge of the large village of Cam in Gloucestershire. In addition to the impressive new Shell forecourt and Spar shop, the site offers a Mitsubishi dealership and what is claimed to be ’the only official UK sales outlet for ...

  • In the surgery this month - Texaco, Hornsey Rd, Islington, London
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    In the surgery this month - Texaco, Hornsey Rd, Islington, London

    2009-06-30T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: On the busy Hornsey Road, just a stone’s throw away from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, is my stealth check target - a Texaco filling station and shop. The Texaco-branded pole is fairly visible and boldly announces that the site offers a car wash, off licence and the National Lottery. ...

  • In the surgery this month - Plantation Filling Station, Kendal, Cumbria
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    In the surgery this month - Plantation Filling Station, Kendal, Cumbria

    2009-05-29T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: The store is housed in a ’farm shop’ style wooden cabin and the filling station shares the site with an outdoor clothing/camping shop that boldly promotes discount prices and seems to attract a steady stream of visitors. FORECOURT: The forecourt site ...

  • In the surgery this month - Gillhams Service Station, Midhurst, West Sussex
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    In the surgery this month - Gillhams Service Station, Midhurst, West Sussex

    2009-05-01T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Gillhams Service Station, a BP forecourt and Nisa Local Essentials convenience store, opened last November. The enterprise is on a grand scale and all the equipment and buildings are new but in keeping with the old market town environment. FORECOURT: The forecourt is large and ...

  • In the surgery this month - AW & D Hammond, Halesworth, Suffolk
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    In the surgery this month - AW & D Hammond, Halesworth, Suffolk

    2009-04-03T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: On the A144 to Norwich is one of the Hammond Group’s forecourts. The large Jet Aim Hi prize-winning site has a Ford dealership, plus used cars and servicing/repairs facilities. FORECOURT: There are four islands of pumps, each topped with two non-food offers. Access to the ...

  • In the surgery this month - BP Connect/M&S Simply Food, Popham, Hants
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    In the surgery this month - BP Connect/M&S Simply Food, Popham, Hants

    2009-02-27T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: The BP Connect/Marks Spencer Simply Food forecourt and shop at Popham on the A303 west shares the site with a Little Chef that was recently the focus of attention of Heston Blumenthal. FORECOURT: The large site is well signed with both a Little ...

  • In the surgery this month
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    In the surgery this month

    2009-01-30T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: Just two miles north of Chichester on the A286 is an isolated small complex of organisations that includes the Summersdale Garage and its Spar Shop. The site also includes the St Wilfrid’s Hospice shop and an autocare centre. FORECOURT: The forecourt is well signed by an Esso pole ...

  • In the surgery this month - U&I Fuels Service Station & Shop, Stadhampton, Oxford
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    In the surgery this month - U&I Fuels Service Station & Shop, Stadhampton, Oxford

    2009-01-13T00:00:00Z

    GENERAL APPEARANCE: U I Fuels Service Station Shop is located at the entrance to the village of Stadhampton. The site displays a sign ’last fuel before M40’ and ’Under New Management’. FORECOURT: The site has a BP pole but my attention was first drawn to the very much ...