Oval motor company

Palmer & Harvey-owned chain Central Convenience has snapped up another forecourt site bringing total store numbers to 82.

The site, previously owned by Oval Motor Company, is an established forecourt business in Bradford-on-Avon with a small kiosk shop alongside a Texaco forecourt and car servicing.

Central Convenience will continue the fuel supply agreement with Texaco, as the chain has an existing agreement with the business on a number of its other forecourts across the South West.

Central Convenience began trading in the South West of England in 2012 and has a 100-site target within the next few years. It also offers three franchise packages - for convenience stores, forecourts and newsagents.

Last month, the chain acquired three Spar stores in Weston-super-Mare, which brothers Tony, Nigel and Adrian Parker had owned for more than 30 years.

“This adds yet another forecourt to our portfolio and we are delighted with the acquisition,” said Central Convenience commercial director Tony Start.

Business agent at Christie & Co and sale handler Dave Morris added: “The Oval Motor Company Site has great potential to improve the convenience store offering, being located in a great trading position within the town.

“At Christie & Co we are seeing a strong improvement in the forecourt market with numerous independent and corporate operators seeking to expand their already established businesses. First-time buyers are also returning to the market with banks open to lend to the right forecourt.”