Forecourt operator Mobil built three motorway services before selling them on. In the early days, motorway services were provided primarily to allow vehicle maintenance and repairs, so a fuel company taking them on made sense, especially for the smaller sites where catering sales would be low.
In the 1980s, Mobil had special permission to provide catering by vending machine only. At Burton, catering was leased to Granada, who had their name advertised on the signs. Each petrol station at these services included a shop called 'Mobil Mart'.
As time went on, the focus of services shifted and began to require specialised hospitality companies. This, and probably the pressure of the industry, caused Mobil to sell their leases to other operators and forecourt providers.
After Being An Operator
In the early 1990s, building new motorway services became popular, and Mobil made several planning applications. At those which were successful (Reading, Stafford and Warwick), the publicity described each one as a "joint enterprise" between Mobil and another operator.
At the time, service area planning applications would often be submitted in two halves, with the forecourt submitted separately. It's possible that this just means Mobil were intending to run the forecourt, but at some the wording implies they wanted to run the whole site.
The following services were owned by Mobil, even if other parts were leased out:
- Barton Park (A1(M))
- Burton West (M6)
- Kinross (M90)
- Michaelwood (M5)
- Reading (M4)
- Stafford (North) (M6)
- Warwick (M40)
Mobil provided fuel at the following services:
- Barton Stacey (A303)
- The Buck (A303)
- Buckland (A420)
- Hardwicke (A38)
- Leicester (M1)
- Orsett Cock (A13)
- Swanwick (A38)
- Warwick North (A46)
The following services were planned by Mobil but never built.