Shell forecourt

MRH has bought an independent forecourt operator as it looks to expand in the south west of England.

The UK’s largest independent petrol station owner and operator is taking control of Dorset-based Peregrine Retail’s five sites in Kingsclere, Wellington, Blackhorse, Windmill and Bridgwater.

MRH said the deal would “significantly enhance its brand promise and further strengthen its growing presence in the region”.

The Shell-branded sites currently employ 129 staff. Tom Orford, who has significant retail experience with both Peregrine and Budgens, will become general manager and lead future MRH expansion in the region.