East Yorkshire-based Jos. Richardson & Son Ltd. has continued its rapid expansion with the acquisition of the freehold to Waterside Filling Station in Beverley, its third new site in just six months.
The fifth generation family business, which was originally founded in Goole and now has its head office just outside Howden, operates ten service stations and convenience stores across East, North and West Yorkshire, as well as Truckstop facilities adjacent to its Glews Services site near Goole.
Following a comprehensive refit, the new Beverley site will re-open for business on Wednesday 4th May, operating with Jos. Richardson & Son’s long-term brand partners Jet, for fuel, and SPAR, for wholesale groceries. It will also boast a Costa Express, a Daily Deli offering hot and cold food to go, an off-licence selling beers, wines and spirits, a National Lottery outlet, a Tango Ice Blast machine, a full range of Vape products and an ATM (cash) point within the store, as well as offering an extensive range of ‘Cook’-branded, premium frozen meals.
It’s the first service station where the company has installed self-service checkouts for both fuel and shop-bought goods, which is still a relatively new concept within the industry. The new site will employ a team of ten people, including a Manager, Assistant Manager and Customer Assistants.
Jos. Richardson and Son’s Managing Director, Joseph Richardson, said: “We’re delighted to have bought the freehold property at Waterside Filling Station, Beverley. This is an exciting opportunity for us, which we’re predominantly viewing as a convenience store offering fuel. The store achieved good sales before it was closed and we hope to get back to that level and beyond. For the last few months, we’ve been working with our suppliers to get the site up and running, and we’re delighted to have welcomed our new Beverley-based team to the Jos. Richardson & Son family.”
Waterside Filling Station in Beverley was previously let to The Co-op but has been vacant since April 2021. Jos. Richardson and Son were swift to act when property’s owners decided to put it on the market. It comprises two fuel islands, with four fill positions, and the building extends to 4000 square feet, with a net retail area approaching 2500 square feet. Alastair Coates of Alexander James acted as Jos. Richardson & Son’s property agent for the latest acquisition, and the legal work was completed by Emma Wilson of Gateley Legal, Leeds.
Last year, Jos. Richardson & Son added the Budgens-branded convenience store in Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire to its portfolio, which is the first of the company’s sites to operate purely as a convenience store, rather than as a service station with a convenience store attached to it. Soon after, it purchased a shopping parade Haxby near York.
Joseph added: “Coming so soon after the purchase of our first straight convenience store at Gilberdyke and the property investment at Haxby near York, it has been a busy few months but we’re excited about the huge potential that these new sites bring to our growing and evolving business.
“To get the new Beverley store open, we’ve done a complete refit, which includes new refrigeration and new pumps selling four grades of fuel.”