|Locations:||1 MSA as an operator; 8 motorway forecourts; much more|
|Associated names:||BP, Esso, Shell, Spar, Burger King, Greggs, Little Chef, Starbucks, Subway, Starbucks on the Go|
|Headquarters address:||Euro Garages|
Beehive Trading Park
BB1 2EE [map]
|Phone number:||01254 582111|
Through the 2010s, the growth of Euro Garages has been phenomenal, with a portfolio which has grown to include hundreds of petrol stations and restaurants, one motorway service area, and a wide range of partner brands.
Euro Garages were founded in 2001, by the Issa family, with a single independent petrol forecourt in Bury. Since then the company has expanded rapidly, usually by taking over struggling, under-performing petrol stations and redeveloping them to provide additional retail facilities (with various franchise partners including Spar, Subway, Greggs and Starbucks), in so turning around their fortunes.
One of their biggest bites was the former Bolton West services, which was rebuilt to provide two large, new buildings.
It was announced between 12 April 2013 and September 2015 that Euro Garages purchased around 300 corporate filling stations from Esso and Shell. Euro Garages have added a selection of their partner brands to these sites as part of their ongoing investment plans, which has caused a bit of public controversy as many people prefer Esso's former offering of Costa and Shell's former offering of Deli2go over Euro Garages' new food brands of Greggs and Subway.
In June 2013, Euro Garages were the first to introduce Starbucks on the Go into their filling stations, replacing Coffee Nation. The machines get upgraded frequently meaning the new ones are bigger and more modern than the older ones.
Euro Garage's strategy continued, taking in large services such as Monmouth (including its lodge). They purchased motorway forecourts from more established operators, who were looking to focus on retail.
New partnerships with Sainsbury's and KFC opened up new retail opportunities for Euro Garages. Standalone Starbucks including drive thrus were being built alongside existing forecourts.
In December 2016, it emerged that Euro Garages were looking to take over Little Chef and purchased it on 1 February 2017. Many of these restaurants were next to forecourts Euro Garages had already acquired. The Little Chefs are now all being replaced with other brands such as Starbucks and KFC.
Euro Garages Services
Euro Garages operate two full service areas:
The following motorway forecourts are run by Euro Garages:
- Bothwell (M74) (southbound only)
- Blyth (A1(M))
- Cherwell Valley (M40)
- Hamilton (M74) (northbound only)
- Pont Abraham (M4)
- Scotch Corner (A1(M))
- Stafford (South) (M6)
- Tamworth (M42)
- Bangor (A55)
- Baynard's Green (A43)
- Bicester (A41)
- Bickenhill (A45) (eastbound only)
- Browns Blue (A511) (eastbound only)
- Calcutt (A419) (northbound only)
- Canley Ford (A45) (eastbound only)
- Colsterworth (A1) (northbound only)
- Ecton (A45)
- Eye Green (A47)
- Folly Tower (A472)
- Gowy (A51)
- Hogs Back (A31) (eastbound only)
- Lomondgate (A82)
- Kinmel Park (A55)
- Markfield (M1/A50/A551)
- Markham Vale (M1)
- Mile End (A5)
- Monmouth (A40)
- Nunney Catch (A361)
- Popham (A303) (eastbound only)
- Rhostyllen (A483)
- Ross Spur (M50/A40/A449)
- Rothwell (A14)
- Saughall (A494)
- Sheffield Parkway (A57)
- Shrewsbury (A5)
- St Kew (A39)
- Thame (A418)
- Uttoxeter (A50)
- Whitchurch (A41)
- Willoughby Hedge (A303)
Euro Garages also own a number of restaurants where they operate an establish brand name under a franchise agreement.
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