East Yorkshire-based Jos. Richardson and Son have marked 125 years in business with the official opening of its new service station and truck stop at Goole.
The family-run firm owns the Glews car dealership in Goole and five service stations across East and North Yorkshire. In addition to the newly refurbished and extended service station and truck stop facilities off Rawcliffe Road, Goole, there’s the Long’s Corner service station in nearby Howden, and service stations at Primrose Valley, Filey and Escrick.
Jos. Richardson and Son reckons it has invested over £4 million in the redevelopment of its flagship Goole site during the last four years, which included a contribution towards the cost of installing a new roundabout and access road off the A614.
The site now features an extended service station and forecourt with a Subway franchise and a three-acre truck stop that typically attracts around 65 vehicles per night.
The Glews car showroom, which shares the Rawcliffe Road site, has also been extended and updated. Extensive refurbishment schemes have also taken place at the service stations at Howden and Escrick in recent years.
The company now employs around 130 people across its six sites.
“We’ve always been the sort of company that has tried to change and keep up with trends – and that has set us in good stead,” said managing director, Joseph Richardson. “We realised many years ago it was no longer good enough for a service station just to sell petrol and a chocolate bar. These days you have to do food, coffee, groceries, parking and more; people use them as a destination and stay for longer.
“We have ambition to expand further, but it has to be the right fit for us,” he continued. “We’ve had numerous opportunities to acquire more sites, but we’re very strict about what we’re looking for. I think one of the key reasons for our longevity as a company is we’ve always been quite cautious; we reinvest the vast majority of our profits back into the company.
“Also, through the generations, we’ve ensured the business remains 100 per cent owned by our family,” he concluded.