IRELAND’S SERVICE STATION CHAINS ARE RADICALLY CHANGING THE RETAIL SCENE TO A US OUT-OF-TOWN ROAD STOPS

LARGE motorway service areas have become a recent feature of the Irish landscape, with plaza-type facilities incorporating fuel, food and grocery retailers under one roof. However, the key players in the forecourt market, which is increasingly held by Irish firms Maxol and Applegreen, along with Canadian newcomer Couche-Tard - are now racing to reposition themselves given the Irish government plans by 2030 to end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles. “This [move to electric] is very short in business cycle terms,” says Linda Ward, a retail consultant who ...


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