East Sussex Retailer Discusses Forecourt Challenges with Nusrat Ghani MP in Store

MRH retailer Sathees Navaratnam met with his local MP Nusrat Ghani this week to talk about the issues facing his store.

Sathees’ forecourt store in Hailsham, East Sussex faces intense competition, with several forecourts operated by major multiples opening in his local area opening in recent years.

Nusrat Ghani MP said: “It was a pleasure to meet Sathees in Hailsham, where I was able to discuss the challenges faced by stores such as his and others in the local area. Dialogue between local business people and their representatives is key to ensuring that government is able to put in place the most effective measures to support and promote local enterprise, and I will now be able to return to Westminster with a better understanding of some of the difficulties they face.”

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Forecourt stores like the one run by Sathees face a number of challenges, both from other competing retailers in the area but also from lost sales in the form of fuel theft. However, by meeting with his MP, Sathees is taking all the right steps in engaging locally to ensure that his business is seen as a priority.”

There are over 8,700 forecourts in the UK, generating over £4bn annually in sales (excluding fuel). More information about the forecourt sector can be found in the 2016 ACS Forecourt Report, available to download here.

 

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