Pictured: L-R: Dermot O'Toole, Head of Retail and Marketing, Maxol; John Hennigan, vendor of site; Francis McDonnell, licensee of Maxol Ballindine and Kieran Broderick, store Manager
Leading forecourt convenience retailer, Maxol, has strengthened its presence in the West of Ireland having completed the acquisition of a new site at Ballindine, Co Mayo.
Formerly a Topaz forecourt with Centra supermarket, this latest acquisition by Maxol follows the recent double investment in Mayo earlier this year, with the restoration of Maxol Newport Road, Westport and the opening of a new venture at Duffy’s Garage in Castlebar, both of which involved a combined investment in excess of €2 million. More than 50 jobs were created for the areas at the time.
Maxol Ballindine is currently undergoing an extensive rebrand. Francis McDonnell from Castlebar, who has been a successful retailer in the local area for 14 years, has been appointed as the new licensee of the business.
Speaking about the latest acquisition, Brian Donaldson, Maxol’s CEO commented, “This is a great opportunity for Maxol to grow and increase its brand awareness in County Mayo, building on the flourishing business long established by John & Patricia Hennigan. We are delighted to welcome Francis McDonnell to the Maxol company network of independent retailers and in working with Francis to deliver the high standards of customer service and quality range of services that the local community of Ballindine have enjoyed for many years. We have plans to invest in new site facilities with Centra which we look forward to introducing this year.”
John Hennigan, previous owner of the business at Ballindine commented, “We are delighted that a respected and long-standing family owned company such as Maxol have acquired our business. It has been a seamless handover and I firmly believe it is in very safe hands with Maxol and Francis. It is never easy to retire from a business and one which the Hennigan family have enjoyed so much. We wish to thank all of our customers for their loyalty, support, and not least the great friendship we have built over the years.”
Francis McDonnell, the newly appointed licensee for Maxol Ballindine commented, “I am looking forward to continuing to serve the local community with the high standards that customers expect at Ballindine. We have a very loyal customer base and it’s our aim to retain that and ensure it continues going forward. It’s great to see the Maxol brand expanding in the West of Ireland and we look forward to supporting the local community as well as the strong passing trade on this very busy road for the forseeable future.”
Maxol Ballindine is one of ten new locations that Maxol is opening this year.
About the Maxol Group
· The Maxol Group was established in 1920 by William McMullan. The 4th generation of the family are Company Directors.
· Maxol makes a significant contribution to the economy on both sides of the border and markets a comprehensive range of oil and petroleum products to the Irish Market, through their Retail, Fuel Card and Lubricants divisions.
· The Maxol Group had an annual turnover of €640m in 2015.
· The company employs directly and indirectly more than 1,000 people across the island of Ireland.
· Maxol has been investing and expanding in recent years and currently has a network of 234 service stations, of which 111 are company owned.
· The new food brand Moreish – Fresh Food at Maxol was launched in 2014 and is currently in 31 Maxol service stations and growing. It won ‘Best Oil Company Initiative’ at Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Awards 2015.
· Maxol was voted the most reputable oil company in Ireland for four consecutive years between 2012 to 2015 by Corporate Reputations independent survey.