FT retailer Parkfoot Garage online shopping van on forecourt

Delivering the goods

2020-11-23T15:54:00+00:00By Tracy West

Three cheers for the forecourt retailers who have really gone out of their way to help customers during the lockdowns. Of course, many are simply doing the things that they’ve always done but have found a whole new audience thanks to more people shopping locally.

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First Asda on the Move opens on Euro Garages site in Walsall


The first ‘Asda On the Move’ convenience store has opened on a Euro Garages site in Walsall. The site is part of a three-store trial with EG Group that will see Asda open on forecourts in the Midlands during October and follows last week’s announcement that Asda is being acquired by the Issa brothers and TDR Capital.

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Top 50 Indie Ascona Group unveils first store with Nisa Local fascia


Top 50 Indie Ascona Group has unveiled its first Nisa Local store fascia as plans to convert all its sites to the brand get underway.

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Maxol and Henderson Group renew contract with £425m deal


Maxol, Northern Ireland’s leading forecourt and convenience retailer, has announced the renewal of its strategic alliance with the Henderson Group, the company that owns the Spar franchise in Northern Ireland.


Booker CEO Charles Wilson to retire


Booker CEO Charles Wilson is to retire in February 2021 after 15 years leading the business.

Service centred


People want much more from a forecourt than fuel and a good convenience offer. They want services too

Londis targets forecourt growth


Earlier this year as Londis announced the celebration of its 60th birthday, we heard how the symbol brand was doing better than ever, following three record-breaking years of sales growth and recruitment. The success had followed its acquisition by the Booker Group in 2015, along with sister brand Budgens.

Pump up your profits


Top 50 Indie the Kay Group has pump-top promotions at every one of its 20 sites. The company’s retail convenience manager, Jacob Francis, says they provide a great opportunity to achieve incremental purchases from customers. DSL supplies the products and has done for around 20 years. Jacob says the range ...

The best of both


A recent visit to the Hammond Group’s stunning Three Elm site in Tonbridge, Kent, filled with Co-op-branded products, prompted further investigation into the Southern Co-op’s Welcome franchise.

Symbols of success


While talking about the Londis brand’s 60th birthday earlier this year, Martin Swadling, Londis brand director, revealed that 49% of its retail stores are in the forecourt sector. The estate is a mixture of independent retailers and groups, but a huge chunk belongs to number one Top 50 Indie, MFG.