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Total

Total
Removed:2016 (mostly in 2012)
Predecessors:Elf, Fina
Successors:Esso, Shell, BP, Gulf
Total petrol station.
The Total logo in 2003.

Total is the petrol brand of the large French group TotalSA.

Once one of the UK's major fuel brands, Total saw two more historic brands (Elf and Fina) combine to create one recognisable name. Fina operated a number of services with Kelly's Kitchen.

In 2012, Rontec bought 250 of Total's sites. The rest were sold off to other companies, while the distribution network was sold to Gulf. Most of the forecourts that were sold off are now operated using the Shell fuel brand.

Total Convenience Stores

Total Convenience Stores (TCS) was the corporate title used by Total's corporate fuel forecourts, generally on the a-road network. Unlike BP's 'BP Connect' the title was not used in public communications, with 'Bonjour' being used instead. TCS tended to be used in names and addresses only.

Bonjour

Like their fellow petrol retailers, TCS branded their larger forecourts with their own name of convenience store, in this case Bonjour.

Bonjour was sometimes also associated with an own-branded café called 'Cafe Bonjour'. Other sites include various refreshment concessions such as Nescafe & Go coffee machines and Bake & Bite facilities. Smaller services which only sold snacks were just branded as 'Shop'.

Excellium

Excellium was Total's own brand of fuel. It was claimed that it improved engine protection, reduced fuel consumption and produced fewer CO2 emissions.

The end of Total's reign

TCS's final petrol stations were acquired by Rontec and Shell throughout 2012 and 2013. Total's final motorway site, which was Lymm truckstop, closed in 2013, and their final TRSA, which was Polegate, closed in 2016. Total ceased trading in the UK the same year.

Locations

Total used to operate at the following services:

Unbuilt Services

Total acquired Bushwing Plc, who planned to build motorway service areas at:

Total planned their own motorway service areas at: