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Maxol boss Brian Donaldson on company's vision beyond the unexpected events of 2020


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Preparations: Brian Donaldson of Maxol

Preparations: Brian Donaldson of Maxol

Preparations: Brian Donaldson of Maxol

This year was to have been 12 months of happy celebration at Maxol, the family-owned all-island forecourt retailer. But Covid-19 has meant that most celebrations have been put on hold - though chief executive Brian Donaldson, who is from Co Down, still feels it's been in a fortunate position.

He is also chairman of Retail Ireland, which gives him a further insight into the perils which have been facing his sector.

But he feels the pandemic has also led the public to value privately-owned retailers like Maxol more than ever. It has a network of 236 service stations in Ireland, of which 117 are company-owned. The business was founded by William McMullan and is still owned by the McMullan family.


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