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Mobil

Mobil
Locations:up to 3
Introduced:1970
Removed:1987 as an operator
Predecessors:none
Successors:Granada, Ross, BP
Mobil services.
The Mobil logo in 1970.

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

Despite handing back all their MSA leases, the Mobil brand continued to be seen across the UK until the merger with Esso in 1999.

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.

Locations

The following services were owned by Mobil, even if other parts were leased out:

Mobil provided fuel at the following services:

Unbuilt services

The following services were planned by Mobil but never built.