Forecourt operator is at it again

FRESH from opening the UK’s first ever Jet and Spar dual-branded site in 2015, forecourt retailer Brian Connolly is at it again, teaming up with Jet as he takes on a site in the market town of Dalmellington.

Located around 10 miles from Connolly’s existing Jet Maybole site (pictured), the Dalmellington forecourt has been supplied by Jet for over 15 years and, since taking the reins, Connolly has signed up to a fuel supply contract with the firm for a further five years.

While the fuel supplier will remain the same, Connolly has made some changes to the site including the introduction of a Costa Coffee machine, with the installation of a jet wash and air and vacuum facilities scheduled for completion as Scottish Grocer went to press.

Commenting on his new site, Connolly said: “Dalmellington is quite similar to Maybole in that it has older established buildings to the rear which were formerly a garage workshop.

“In addition, the site has a popular detached ‘snack shack’. I’m now considering plans to redevelop the buildings or replace them with new prefabricated buildings incorporating a sit-down coffee shop facility and an appropriate shop.

“Having been through the redevelopment at Maybole, I’m able to apply a lot of what worked well there to the changes at Dalmellington, in particular the shop layout and increasing footfall by introducing more value-added facilities.”