Forecourt operator MRH has acquired Peregrine Retail, which operates five sites in the South West, as it continues its expansion across the UK.

The acquisition follows MRH’s purchase of Chartman Retail’s 11 sites, also located in the South West, earlier in September.

Peregrine’s sites are all Shell and Budgens branded and are located in Kingsclere in Hampshire, and Wellington, Blackhorse, Windmill and Bridgwater in Somerset.

Three of the sites, Bridgwater, Blackhorse and Wellington, also have Subway concessions with seating for over 30 customers per site.

Peregrine Retail managing director John Mason said: “We’re delighted that Peregrine is joining the MRH family. Having worked to establish Peregrine Retail Limited for the past eight years, we are confident that MRH will continue to support our staff, customers and the business.

“We look forward to watching the business grow as part of the MRH brand offer.”

Karen Dickens, chief executive of MRH, said: “This is another important milestone for MRH and I’m delighted to welcome this fantastic team and sites into the MRH portfolio. These sites are an exciting addition thanks to their excellent locations and are an important presence within their communities.

“This acquisition will allow MRH to further increase its footprint across the South West and reach more customers, which is an important element of our brand offer. The Peregrine team has consistently delivered high levels of customer service and quality operations which we look forward to adding to the ‘MRH Driving Retail’ promise.”

This latest acquisition will take the MRH portfolio to a total of 491 sites. The group recently announced a new partnership with Appleby Westward to develop new Spar-branded sites in the South West of England.