Fast-growing independent forecourt operator Euro Garages has acquired a further 48 sites from Esso.
The sites are situated in the Midlands and East of England and follow the operator’s purchase of 45 Esso stores last year.
Euro Garages, which last month reported double-digit increases in sales and profits for the year to 31 July, said it planned to add a “comprehensive” convenience offer as well as brands such as Greggs, Subway, Starbucks and Burger King to the sites.
“The Esso sites we acquired last year as part of the North of England and North Wales package have performed extremely well, with customers benefiting from our global brand partnerships while still being able to fill up their vehicles with quality Esso fuels,” said MD Mohsin Issa.
“With this latest agreement, which strengthens our national presence and extends our consumer offer in the Midlands and East of England, we aim to bring the Euro Garages retail experience to millions of new customers.”
The deal means Euro Garages, which is seventh on The Grocer’s ranking of the Top 50 independent grocery retailers in the UK, has doubled its estate in a year to nearly 180 sites.
CEO Zuber Issa added: “We are looking forward to a busy 2014, integrating the new Esso sites alongside acquiring and developing new-to-industry sites. We will be looking at further acquisitions and establishing strategic alliances to grow our UK presence and continue to change the market perception of forecourt retailing.”