Most filling stations are operated by third-party companies who simply purchase wholesale fuel from a fuel supplier - for example, Esso supply fuel to some EG Group forecourts, but EG Group operate the filling station themselves with their choice of shop.
However, sometimes, the fuel majors actually operate their own sites. This page explains the patterns by which you can usually identify whether a filling station is operated by a subsidiary of fuel supplier, rather than by a franchise or licence basis.
On the motorway and A-road network, 'BP Express Shopping' operate many BP-branded forecourts.
- All M&S Simply Food branded stores (except Wetherby)
- Any store with a Wild Bean Café concession
Shell mainly operate petrol stations under the 'Select' fascia which usually comes with a food offering called deli by Shell. These all have Costa Express machines inside them.
- Select stores
- 'Little Waitrose at Shell Select' branded stores
- Budgens stores with a deli by Shell range inside
Restaurants and shops
The Co-operative Group operate many A-road services.
- Texaco stations with Co-op shops
- Co-op Petrol sites
The Co-operative Group do not operate:
- Springfields - this store is operated by Lincolnshire Co-op
- Galley's Corner - this store is operated by SGN Retail
The only signposted A-road service areas which have cafés operated by Costa directly are Cornwall, Evesham, Gateway, Minster, Solstice and Wynyard Park. Costa Express machines within shops are the responsibility of the shop operator.
Costa doesn't operate:
- Any motorway cafés - these are operated by either Moto or Roadchef
- Cafés located within petrol stations
- Cafés in Premier Inn hotels
Greggs doesn't operate:
- Any motorway stores - these are operated by either EG Group or Moto
- Any forecourt stores
- Stores located within EG Group, Moto or Welcome Break A-road amenity buildings
- All restaurants located at Extra sites (except Leeds Skelton Lake - this restaurant is operated by Welcome Break)
- Extra's former sites at Derby & Burton and Leicester North
- Some A-road service areas
KFC do not operate restaurants located within EG Group, Moto or Welcome Break service areas.
McDonald's operate all sites which are:
- Located within Extra service areas
- Part of an A-road service area (exceptions apply)
McDonald's do not operate any sites within Roadchef service areas.
Starbucks operate all sites which are:
- Not advertised on premises as an EG Group, Welcome Break or 23.5 Degrees site
- Branded as Starbucks rather than "We Proudly Serve Starbucks"
Starbucks on the Go and We Proudly Serve Starbucks machines within shops are the responsibility of the shop operator.
WHSmith operate all sites which are located within Extra and GRIDSERVE services. Stores within Moto, Roadchef and Welcome Break service areas are operated under a franchise agreement with the respective site operators.
All Cotton Traders, Phone Tech, Quicksilver and Top Gift stores are centrally operated.
Corporate filling station sites on the motorway
These filling stations are operated separately by the fuel operators and are split from the main operator of the site, so contact the fuel operator themselves if you have any queries.
- Annandale Water (A74(M))
- Clacket Lane (M25)
- Heart of Scotland (M8)
- Killington Lake (M6)
- Michaelwood (M5)
- Northampton (M1)
- Norton Canes (M6 Toll)
- Reading (M4)
- Rownhams (M27)
- Sandbach (M6)
- South Mimms (main forecourt only) (M25)
- Stafford northbound (M6)
- Strensham southbound (M5)
- Todhills southbound (M6)
- Watford Gap (M1)
- Baldock (A1(M))
- Beaconsfield (M40)
- Blackburn with Darwen (M65)
- Cambridge (A14)
- Chester (M56)
- Cobham (M25)
- Cullompton (M5)
- Durham (A1(M))
- Folkestone (M20)
- Old Inns (M80)
- Peterborough (A1(M))
- Sedgemoor northbound (M5)
- Taunton Deane (M5)
- Tibshelf (M1)
- Todhills northbound (M6)