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.
In 2016 Euro Garages merged with EFR Group to create EG Group, a brand name which has been introduced to their catering areas.
Euro Garages were founded in 2001 by the Issa family, with a single 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 early bites was the former Bolton West services, which was rebuilt to provide two large, new buildings.
It was announced between April 2013 and September 2015 that Euro Garages had purchased around 300 corporate filling stations from Esso and Shell. Euro Garages added a selection of their partner brands to these sites as part of their investment plan, which caused a bit of public controversy as people preferred Esso's Costa offering and Shell's Deli2go over Euro Garages' new food brands like Greggs and Subway.
Recently Euro Garages have been involved in a number of developments next to busy motorway junctions, including Markham Vale on the M1 and Banbury on the M40. Most of these aren't signed from the motorway which would bound them by more regulations, but instead they rely on being highly visible.
Euro Garages started building new Starbucks buildings, usually drive thrus. Mostly these were alongside petrol stations they already owned, but some were not. A brief partnership with Sainsbury's to introduce Sainsbury's Local stores didn't work out and those stores became Spar.
In December 2016, it emerged that Euro Garages were looking to take over Little Chef, and they purchased it on 1 February 2017. Many of these restaurants were next to forecourts Euro Garages had already acquired. During a long refurbishment process the smaller restaurants became franchises such as Starbucks or KFC, while the larger ones were converted to become several franchises under one roof, resembling a miniature version of some of the busiest service stations in the country.
Euro Garages generally advertise the brand names they operate more than their own name, but in 2018 this changed and prominent "EG Group" signage was fitted to many of their new restaurants. An all-black colour scheme was applied, possibly inspired by the corporate colours required at their Starbucks branches.
Euro Garages Services
Euro Garages operate a wide variety of petrol and catering facilities across the country. Three of them form large, official, purpose-built service stations:
There are three more large services close to the motorway network which resemble service stations, but are not signposted from the road (and therefore not regarded as official):
There is also a list of service areas covered by this site where Euro Garages operate restaurant facilities, with an established brand name under a franchise agreement.
The following petrol stations are signposted from the A-road they serve. At many of them, Euro Garages also provide their own catering facilities.
- Bangor (A55)
- 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)
- Hartlebury (A449)
- Hogs Back (A31) (eastbound only)
- Lomondgate (A82)
- Kinmel Park (A55)
- Markfield (M1/A50/A551)
- Mile End (A5)
- Nunney Catch (A361)
- Popham (A303) (eastbound only)
- Rhostyllen (A483)
- Rothwell (A14)
- Saughall (A494)
- Sheffield Parkway (A57)
- Shrewsbury (A5)
- St Kew (A39)
- Thame (A418)
- Uttoxeter (A50)
- Whitchurch (A41)
- Willoughby Hedge (A303)
The following motorway forecourts are run by Euro Garages at other operators' services:
- Bothwell (M74) (southbound only)
- Blyth (A1(M))
- Cherwell Valley (M40)
- Hamilton (M74) (northbound only)
- Pont Abraham (M4)
- Scotch Corner (A1(M))
- Stafford (M6) (southbound only)
- Strensham (M5) (northbound only)
- Tamworth (M42)
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