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Locations:3 motorway sites and 40 A-road sites
Associated names:BP, Esso, Jet, Texaco, Hursts, On The Run, Spar, Snack and Shop, Rollover, Subway, Costa Express, Wild Bean Café
Introduced:early 1970s
Predecessors:Esso ROC, Malthurst, Pace, BP Connect, Chartman Retail
Headquarters address:MRH Retail Customer Services
PO Box 272
TW20 2AR
Phone number:0333 400 4114

MRH is the largest operator of filling stations in the UK. They operate a large number of a-road services, as well as the forecourts at several motorway services. They formed throughout the late 2000s and the early 2010s following the merge of two large forecourt operators, Malthurst and Pace.


Malthurst was a dealer-group operating over 150 service stations in the UK, was one of the oldest and largest independent petrol retailers in the UK. They owned a number of larger service areas including the former Rainton site.

The Pace brand had a strong heritage in the UK motor fuels market having originally been developed by the motor industry entrepreneur Victor Gauntlett in the early 1970s. By the time that the brand was acquired by the Kuwait Petroleum group in 1986 it had a strong presence in the retail motor fuels market.

Kuwait Petroleum consolidated to form Kuwait Petroleum (GB) Ltd. KPGB then traded under the Q8 brand in its retail business and later as Q8 Fuelcare in its distributor sales business. In October 2004 KPGB was purchased by the joint venture company Refined Holdings Ltd, whereupon the company was renamed Pace Petroleum Ltd.

Under new ownership Pace Petroleum had already experienced growth with the acquisition in September 2005 of 60 Company-owned sites from Texaco.


Hursts is a new concept for MRH which is a new convenience store brand to replace Spar and the own-brand shop. Almost all of the stores include Costa Express and many include Subway and Rollover.


MRH operates forecourts at the following motorway services:

A-Road Forecourts