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June

Tension builds as protests planned

Fears of a return to the fuel crisis of 2000 are plaguing the petrol retailing fraternity as rising prices, threats of demonstrations, and uncertainty in the Middle East have made dramatic news headlines in the national press.

Regent returns to UK with new image

The Regent name – a familiar sight on petrol pumps until the late 60s – is set to return to UK forecourts with the launch of a new proposition for independent retailers, available from Texaco’s network of equity distributors.

11 sites for Somerfield

Somerfield has announced the acquisition of 11 forecourt convenience stores in Scotland for £2.6 million from the receiver of Osprey Forecourts Ltd. The company said it will retain and develop five prime sites which are currently closed – in Abercraig; Hawthorn Street, Glasgow; Scone; Carnoustie; and Northern Lights, Aberdeen – with the six remaining sites having been sold on as part of the deal for development.

Londis saga rolls on with rival bid

The Londis sale saga has continued this month with news of a rival bid from a management team led by former executives from convenience chain T&S Stores (acquired two years ago by Tesco).

Six formats of 'complex' c-stores

Convenience shopping is a more complex business than ever before, with shoppers viewing it as six different formats, according to new research by Masterfoods. The £750,000 research showed the forecourt retailer is now firmly recognised as a convenience store – under the grouping ‘transient petrol’ – along with the other formats: city centre; neighbourhood; local shop; high street stop off; and specialist; and shoppers treat them all differently.

C-store sales up in forecourts

Shop sales in the forecourt sector are now worth £3.6bn, according to new figures from the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

ACS votes to axe 'big four' grocers

The big four multiple grocers have been excluded from membership of the Association of Convenience Stores following a vote at an extraordinary general meeting held during its Blackpool conference last month.

ACS focus on crime

Forecourt Trader Award-winning retailer Jonathan James gave an entertaining speech at the ACS Conference about how he was attacking crime proactively in his stores, so he is not seen as a ‘soft target’ by criminals. He was asked to do the presentation on a newly introduced ‘Independents Day’ – separate to the main two-day conference, designed to give retailers advice and tips for their businesses.

'Powerful package' for RoadChef' sites

RoadChef, the third largest motorway services area operator in the UK, has awarded Key Lekkerland a multi-million pound contract for the next three years to supply its retail outlets and forecourt sites.

Tensions build

Petrol retailers are being advised to “behave normally”, in the face of rising fuel prices and bad press caused by the extortionate pricing of a handful of forecourts.

As ESSO and BP join Shell and Gulf in launching new loyalty programmes this year, are such schemes a key tool for businesses today?