An exciting new look for Ballinluig forecourt
Ballinluig Services and Grill, the popular petrol station and truck stop off the A9 at Pitlochry, has unveiled a new look forecourt following its recent move from BP to Gulf. For the family-run business, it’s motorists, shoppers and HGV customers, the branding may have changed but it remains business as usual!
“The change to Gulf is good for the business and for our customers as it allows us to deliver a more competitive offering along with a vibrant new look and feel”, explains proprietor Claire Bridges. “After 49 years with BP it was important that, if we were to switch fuel suppliers, our new partner also had a strong and respected brand with quality products. Gulf’s strengths also include a proactive retail team that understands the values of a rural filling station serving its community. That’s of huge significance as we look to future-proof our operation and strengthen revenues. In addition, Gulf’s cross-acceptance card offer means that we now accept Shell’s Fuel Card and the BP Routex Cards along with all major credit, debit and fuel cards including Key Fuels and UK Fuels.”
Claire and her father Clive Bridges at the new look Ballinluig Services and Grill
Located 20 miles north of Perth on the main trunk road to the Highlands, Ballinluig Services has been serving truckers and the haulage industry since March 1970 when Claire’s father, Clive Bridges, a mechanic by trade, opened the business with 3 pumps and a recovery workshop to fix HGVs. When a bypass was built in 1983, he then established the Motor Grill – a 60 seat restaurant that prides itself on its home cooked food – to meet a growing need for a rest stop on this major route and, at 273 miles, the longest road in Scotland. A forecourt, canopy and mini supermarket were also added and today the 2.0 ml forecourt is a popular one-stop shop for motorists and shoppers with coffee and food to go, an ATM and full convenience range. For truckers, there are 3 dedicated high speed HGV diesel pumps, fuel bunkering, free lorry parking for up to 25 vehicles, free showers and secure CCTV across the whole site. To coincide with the re-branding, new LED forecourt canopy lighting has been installed to improve illumination and reduce costs.
With 34 members of staff, Ballinluig Services and Grill is one of the largest employers in the region. Shop manager Lynda has worked for the family business for 28 years and the current joint managers of the Motor Grill both have over 20 years of service.
Staff celebrate a new look at Ballinluig Services and Grill
“We have many staff with ten plus years of service including one who joined us on the second day of trading when we opened the Motor Grill in 1984,” continues Claire. “Several have recently retired with thirty years of service so you can see that we do not take change lightly. Gulf Retail is a progressive and flexible fuel supplier, committed to support the independent and whilst it may be early days, the business partnership we have with Gulf is already reaping the rewards. That provides huge comfort as we approach 50 years in business.”
Pickles the Dog and Claire Bridges go Gulf at Ballinluig Services and Grill