Rural forecourts hit by supermarket sweep
Rural petrol stations are struggling to stay afloat as supermarkets increasingly target smaller communities across Scotland, a boss at a Moray fuel supplier has warned.
Billy Laing, chairman of Elgin-based Gleaner Oils, said yesterday the rampant expansion of major chains with their own petrol forecourts and price competition between them was making it almost impossible for small, independent operators to survive.
Despite this, Gleaner more than quadrupled its profits during 2012 and Mr Laing said the company was also doing well in the current trading year, but he added that life was getting tougher for many independents in rural Scotland.
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