Jet is fuel of ideas

There’s plenty of change afoot for Cooper Brothers

The Jet Cooper Brothers refurbishment coincided with the site’s 50th birthday

A BIG birthday is usually worth celebrating in itself, but one forecourt retailer has decided to mark its 50th birthday with a redevelopment, a new contract and a rise in fuel volumes.

Cooper Brothers was first set up in 1968, and Jet Cooper Brothers in Newmains, Lanarkshire decided to celebrate the milestone in style with a large-scale £75,000 redevelopment.

The modernisation saw the firm install five new fuel pumps, a high speed diesel pump and upgraded tank gauging to show consumers how much petrol they are putting in.

Garry Gibson, head of operations at Cooper Brothers, said: “It’s a really exciting time for the team here at Cooper Brothers.

“We’re really pleased with the results of the redevelopment at our site.

“In store, we stripped everything out and changed the layout. We’ve added two new open dairy deck fridges, a new counter area with a chiller filled with luxury fresh cakes from Aulds Bakery, a new Costa Coffee machine and we’re in the process of introducing Lottery.”

The team managed to keep the store open during the two and a half weeks of building work, which was carried out by local tradesmen.

On top of the extensive redevelopment work, Cooper Brothers has also signed a new five year retie contract with Jet, which it hopes will help further increase fuel volume sales.

Garry said: “Our volumes had already increased by 0.5mpla during the year prior to the work and we’re anticipating this will rise further over the coming months.

“Jet has been our supplier for 13 years now and although competing suppliers approached us when we were nearing the end of our last contract, Jet’s strong offer and fuel deliveries swayed us.”

Not content with the progress that has already been made, Garry revealed that more change is on the way for the Newmains site.

“We’re about to spend a further £30,000 changing the forecourt layout and putting in additional parking spaces,”  he said.