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Camlin service station in the spotlight

Joe Raleigh’s family-run Camlin Service Station has been serving one of Longford’s arterial routes since 1988. The popular forecourt is already home to an award-winning BWG Spar, but Joe is convinced his latest partnership with Valero will see his business flourish in what are changing times for the industry. “In November last year we found ourselves in a free situation,” ...

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Topaz Re.Store fuelling the Irish economy

Topaz began 2015 announcing they were moving into “expansion mode”, and the plan continues unabated with the refitting of Clonsaugh in north Dublin, and Ballacolla in Co Laois. The stations were redeveloped at a cost of €10 million, providing over 300 jobs in total, while both have been reimagined into Topaz’s Re.Store format – an idea-heavy concept that takes their ...

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Leo Crawford, BWG Group

BWG's Leo Crawford talks to IFCR about the company's investment plans

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Stephen Lynam, director Retail Ireland

Stephen Lynam, Retail Ireland

Stephen Lynam, Retail Ireland director on stimulating retail sector growth

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Pat & Una McDonagh, Directors of the Barack Obama Plaza & Henry Healy, President Barack Obama’s closest Irish relative pictured at the Barack Obama Plaza which opened today in Junction 23, Moneygall just off the M7. Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22

Fit For A President

Supermac's boss Pat McDonagh unveils new Barack Obama Plaza

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Barry Group

Jim Barry, Barry Group

Jim Barry talks to IFCR about how the Barry Group has streamlined its operations

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Applegreen

Joe Barrett & Paul Pardy, Applegreen

Joe Barrett and Paul Pardy unveil Applegreen's new developments including a move Stateside

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Top Oil

Gerard Boylan, Top Oil

Top Oil CEO Gerard Boylan talks about the company's focus on the retail market

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Willie O'Byrne, BWG

Willie O’Byrne, BWG Foods

There was a lot happening for BWG Foods in 2013. Not only did the company expand its retail network, it was a year of consolidation for its supply chain following the creation of the new Kilcarberry and Kilshane distribution centres. This gave BWG Foods national ambient and chilled distribution centres which have bedded down well and have performed positively since ...

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Applegreen, dealer

Shane Flynn, Applegreen

Applegreen has brought many new initiatives to the forecourt market in recent years. It pioneered the first Motorway Service Areas (MSAs) in Ireland, launched the industry’s first loyalty card and its own brand range. In 2014, the new ideas continue as Applegreen gears up to enter the Dealer market. Since its inception in 1992, Petrogas Global Ltd (trading as Applegreen) has successfully opened almost 80 service stations across ...

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Brian Donaldson, Maxol

Brian Donaldson is upbeat as Irish oil firm, Maxol, presses ahead with its multi-million, five-year plan to expand and streamline its operations across the island of Ireland. Russell Campbell spoke to him at the start of January and asked how the strategy was progressing… The challenge for petrol retailers in the modern market lies not so much in how to attract ...

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Frank Gleeson, Topaz

Frank Gleeson, Topaz

As Frank Gleeson prepares to leave Topaz after 12 years with the company, he talks to NR about his time in convenience retailing and how the industry will fare in 2014… Last year was a positive one for Topaz. The dealer business grew successfully, a number of company owned were integrated in to network with the flagship new forecourt at Dublin ...

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