A new report released by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) highlights the growing influence of petrol forecourts in the retail sector, now generating sales of £4bn (excluding petrol).
The 2016 Forecourt Report shows that UK consumers are increasingly flocking to their local petrol station to refuel themselves and not just their cars. Hundreds of stores now provide full food service solutions, from coffee and sandwiches to full meals.
ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “Forecourts have seen significant development over the last ten years, now giving customers the opportunity to get food and drink for now, for later and for the rest of the week, as well as a host of other goods and services. Some of the best convenience stores in the UK are located on petrol forecourts, and there is still huge potential in the sector for growth. Many consumers consider their local shop to be on a petrol forecourt, and we anticipate this trend to continue in the coming years.”
Some of the key findings from the report include:
- Coffee is a major part of a modern forecourt. 70% of stores have a coffee machine in store, from standalone vending machines to full barista services to refresh weary consumers.
- Forecourts are a major source of investment in the UK. On average, each store invests over £16,000 a year on developing their business.
- The forecourt sector creates over 117,000 jobs in the UK, with over 8,700 stores serving customers across every community, town and city.
- Excluding sales of petrol, the forecourt sector generates over £4bn annually in sales.
The Forecourt report is available to download from the ACS website