Belfast Telegraph

Irish forecourt powerhouse Maxol announces €100m expansion of its network

Remit: Brian Donaldson
Remit: Brian Donaldson

By John Mulligan

The McMullan family - owners of the Maxol forecourt business - has no intention of either selling or floating the business, according to chief executive Brian Donaldson.

"We've seen so many brands come and go," said Mr Donaldson. "Whenever I talk to the family they see themselves as custodians for the next generation.

"At this stage, there is nothing in my remit other than to grow the business."

The company, which was founded by the family in Belfast almost a century ago, yesterday said it intends to spend an additional €100m (£85.8m) by 2020 expanding and enhancing its network.

The investment in the chain comes after it spent €128m (£110m) between 2012 and 2017 on capital investment.

There are 231 Maxol service stations in Ireland, with 115 of those owned by the company.

It aims to have more than 120 company-owned sites by 2020.

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It currently has 14 sites at various stages of the planning process.

Mr Donaldson said Maxol's profits rose by about 15% last year to roughly €15m (£12.9m), but declined to give a specific figure as the latest set of accounts have not been signed off.

He also said that the group continues to be mindful of the continuing increase in electric and hybrid vehicles, which is a longer-term challenge facing the industry.

Maxol generates about 60% of its profits from fuel and 40% from food and other items.

Belfast Telegraph