|Locations:||7 MSAs + 2 forecourts|
|Associated names:||McDonald's, KFC, Starbucks, LP4, Costa, WHSmith, M&S Simply Food, Days Inn, El Mexicana, Quicksilver, Shell|
|Predecessors:||Gold Star, Margram|
|Acquired by:||Evergreen Real Estate Partners|
|Headquarters address:||Extra MSA Services Ltd|
1st floor, Operations Office
A355, Windsor Road
HP9 2SE [map]
|Phone number:||01494 678876|
Extra (formerly known as Extra MSA) are this generation's growing company in the field of motorway services, although their estate has shrunk a bit recently.
They run their services like shopping centres, letting facilities out rather than franchising them. In the past this has created an usual line-up of brands but now it tends to be a mix-up of familiar names. They are the only operator to have all of their services located off a junction.
Despite having one of the smallest market shares, in 2010 Extra did the best of all the operators in the Loo of the Year Awards.
After 9 years of growth, Extra fell into administration between March and October 2010. In 2008 Extra were put up for sale, with Macquarie Bank (owners of Moto) and James Packer (who is actively involved with Welcome Break) being the two most promising bidders.
Extra came about after the government deregulated motorway services in order to encourage more competition. Before building any services themselves they ran the petrol stations at Winchester and Tibshelf, Roadchef's newest services at the time. Their first site was Cambridge on the A14 in 2001 and by the time it opened they already had several planning requests pending. They had the advantage of watching the shortfall of the big three operators and when they first started they insisted that they would not use franchises, instead creating their own brands to keep the prices down, as well as proclaiming that many of their units would become conference facilities.
In 2003 Extra bought two services from Margram, and in 2007 Gold Star services were finally branded as Extra. This, coupled with the addition of Derby with Burton and Leicester, and the proposed services at Folkestone, Beaconsfield and Cobham, created a fairly large estate.
Since then, several services appear to have reduced their ties with Extra. When it was rescued from administration the non-motorway services were sold off, while self-run facilities were replaced by units let out to catering providers and rival operators (as opposed to self-run facilities branded as a franchise, which is what most other services do).
In 2015, plans for three new services - all older ideas which hadn't been persued - were developed.
Their rekindled enthusiasm for building new services comes following a period of quiet stability, where trade at Beaconsfield and Cobham made up for their large investments and Extra began to recover from the burns of less successful projects.
Extra have always used the 'cross' symbol pictured below, which if you look carefully has motorway lane markings on it.
Extra ServicesThe following sites are run by Extra:
- Baldock (A1/A1(M))
- Beaconsfield (M40)
- Blackburn with Darwen (M65)
- Cambridge (A14)
- Cobham (M25)
- Cullompton (M5)
- Peterborough (A1/A1(M))
Extra own the petrol forecourts at these services and lease them out:
The following services were run by Extra:
The following services were planned by Extra but they were never built:
- Burton-in-Kendal - southbound services adjacent to northbound services (M6)
- Catherine-de-Barnes (M42)
- Chapeltown (M1)
- Chigwell (M11)
- Great Wood (M4, two plans)
- Leeds (M1)
- Maidenhead (M4)
- Redbourn (M1)
- Rugby (M6)
- Waltham Abbey (M25)
- Warren Copse (M4)
- Winwick (M6)
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