In 1998, Boots The Chemist announced that following a successful introduction to out-of-town retail parks, they wanted to trial opening shops at airports and motorway services.
This coincided with Granada's plans to make their services profitable by turning them into large retail destinations. As a result, an agreement was made between the two.
At the time, Boots owned Halfords, who also had an agreement with Granada. Boots is now owned by the expanding American pharmaceutical chain Walgreens.
When Granada became Moto, focus moved away from having lots of individual shops, so the motorway stores weren't rolled out any further and eventually closed. Boots's travel-store sector is still popular in many airports and large train stations, often found alongside WHSmith and M&S Simply Food.
Boots can be found at one Roadchef site:
- Strensham southbound (M5)
Boots used to be found at: