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October

Morrison fuel mix-up
21 October, 2010

A mix-up by suppliers led to motorists at a forecourt in the West Midlands putting the wrong fuel in their tanks.

Calling all Northern fuel retailers
21 October, 2010

RMI Petrol is holding the first of three regional meetings next week following the success of its Forecourt Shows and sell-out Inverness event this year.

Tough times ahead after government cutbacks
21 October, 2010

Consumer spending is likely to be further curtailed next year following cutbacks announced in the government’s Spending Review yesterday.

First full refit for Brobot Petroleum Londis store
20 October, 2010

Brobot Petroleum, the family owned Top 50 Indie, has relaunched its first store to undergo a full redevelopment since partnering with Londis last June.  The newly developed site in Bunny is one of 22 sites in the Midlands owned by Brobot, all supplied by Londis.

Lack of bank funding hits forecourt property sector
20 October, 2010

One of the key factors within the forecourt property sector in 2010 has been the continued lack of available bank funding, according to Calum Campbell, partner Petroleum & Roadside Services at chartered surveyor Graham & Sibbald.

Shutters hot-wired in forecourt theft
14 October, 2010

Thieves hot-wired electric shutters on a Gloucestershire forecourt to get into the shop, then made off with £2,500-worth of cigarettes. The incident happened at Fromebridge Filling Station, on the A38 at Whitminster, earlier this month. It took the robbers less than three minutes to get in and out with the cigarettes. After hot-wiring the shutters, they shattered the main door, smashed open the tobacco cabinet and loaded the cigarettes into black bin bags.

GE acquires Dresser
14 October, 2010

GE has signed a contract to acquire Dresser Inc, the parent company of fuel dispenser manufacturer Dresser Wayne. Texas-based Dresser Wayne is one of the largest business units of Dresser Inc and a global leader in the design, manufacture and servicing of fuelling forecourt solutions, including dispensers, payment platforms and wet stock control systems.

ACS calls on goverment to prevent business rate hike
14 October, 2010

Local shops are calling on the government to act to prevent a 4.7% hike in business rates in April 2011. ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Retailers across the country simply can’t afford another hike in their business rates. The system for determining the rate of annual change in business rates is broken and Ministers must act.

Sainsbury's eco-friendly forecourt
07 October, 2010

Sainsbury’s newly-refurbished store in Darnley, Glasgow includes an eco-friendly petrol station. It aims to reduce energy use by 50% by employing more efficient technology, generating power from solar panels and maximising the use of rainwater.

Man banned from Tesco
07 October, 2010

A Hartlepool man has been banned from the town’s Tesco stores for six months after stealing food from one of its forecourt shops. Thirty-eight-year-old Martin John Clark, who has a drink problem, is now barred from all Tescos in Hartlepool after he went into the forecourt shop in Belle Vue Way and started filling his tracksuit top with food. He left without paying and was arrested. He admitted the offence and said that he ate the food that he’d stolen. He was sentenced to a six-month supervision order as well as the ban on entering any Tesco in Hartlepool.

When a major car manufacturer like Ford predicts that sales of its electrified cars will outnumber petrol and diesel models by 2022, does that ring alarm bells about the possible speed of change for forecourts?