Motor Fuel Group buys High Noon Stores forecourt site

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Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has snapped up the latest High Noon Stores site while the administrator of the collapsed c-store business also expects to conclude the sale of the final two outlets “within the next week or so”, C-Store has learned.

The latest sale from the chain, which ceased trading in January, is Symonds Yat Service Station, on the busy north-bound carriageway of the A40 near Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

MFG announced today [Monday] it had bought the site, which Roadchef once operated, from the administrator.

The forecourt includes a Spar outlet which MFG will convert to a Londis.

Garry Lee, who works for the administrator at Smith & Williamson, confirmed: “Two more High Noon convenience stores are in negotiation – Laugharne, [in Carmarthenshire], and Cardiff” – stand-alone stores, that trade as Spar.

MFG has 406 fuel stations under the BP, Shell, Texaco and JET fuel brands, making it the second-largest independent forecourt operator in the UK.

More than 300 include a Londis store. The rest are Budgens and Costcutter. A spokesman said MFG would continue with the three shop brands.

The group is undergoing a station redevelopment programme and extending its food-to-go offer. It has Costa at nearly every station but it will be adding Subway “within the store footprint”.

Jeremy Clarke, MFG’s chief operating officer, said: “This site has great potential due to its location, size and range of services offered. We are going to rebrand the station to Shell and look forward to growing the potential of this valuable asset to our network.”

Euro Garages bought 10 High Noon Stores’ forecourt leaseholds in February.

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