Thirteen not unlucky for some as forecourt retailer buys new site

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Mar 2018

EAST Yorkshire forecourt retailer Sewell On The Go has invested £1.6m in buying and upgrading its 13th site in the region. 

The forecourt and convenience store business, which is part of large East Yorkshire employer Sewell Group, has launched its most recent store in Beverley Road, Dunswell. 

This is the latest milestone for the firm, which has twice been named Forecourt Trader Of The Year and is the only UK forecourt retailer in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list 2018. 

The investment in Dunswell has created two new jobs, as well as retaining 13 existing staff, and further investment is planned to open additional sites in Hull and the East Riding.

Now open 24/7 following an increase in previous opening hours, the Dunswell store has five jet washes, as well as other key features such as Costa coffee, free wi-fi, BP fuel and a host of essentials with a range of local produce lines also available.

Read more: Sewell Group staff go back to school to tell children about the world of work

The Yorkshire Motorhome Sales and Hire Company, which leases a unit on the site, will remain, while 32 self-storage units are also available to hire for business or domestic use.

Patrick Sewell, managing director of Sewell On The Go, said: “This is another great milestone for the business and demonstrates months of planning and negotiations to buy the right site.

“Dunswell is a little pocket we haven’t touched on yet. Anyone in the North Hull, Dunswell and Woodmansey areas haven’t been in our catchment area before, and this fills a gap in terms of geography.

“We are looking to buy another site in East Yorkshire in the not too distant future and we’re on the hunt for further opportunities with a clear focus on continued development and business growth.

“The self-storage units are easily accessible because Dunswell is on a main route into and out of Hull. It’s secure because we’re always open, and people can hire the containers on a short or long-term basis.”

In last month’s Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list, Sewell Group, which employs 460 including those at the forecourt retailer, secured a Best Companies 3 Star ‘extraordinary’ accreditation, which recognises the highest standard of workplace engagement and represents organisations which excel.

The company was also awarded: Number one company in Yorkshire; number one forecourt retail; number one in UK estates solutions provider;  and number one in UK for engagement innovation. 

Store Manager Melissa Jackson, who joined the business as a sales assistant in 2010, has also previously worked at Sewell On The Go in Willerby, Cottingham and Hull West as a trainee manager before moving to Dunswell.

She said: “I’m really excited about my new role and taking on this new challenge at a brand new site. Working at Sewell On The Go makes you feel valued.

“I have a great team at Dunswell and we want to increase sales and make the most of the site.”

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