50 years with JET

Jet and Garner

(From left) Garner Group directors Mike Garner, Tim Garner and Dave Auger, and Phillips 66 manager, UK and Ireland marketing, Pete George

Garner Group Holdings has celebrated 50 years as an independent JET dealer. The two companies have been in partnership since founder Maurice Garner signed his first supply contract with JET in 1961, following the opening of his first service station near Portsmouth.

Five decades later, the Garner Group operates three JET forecourts in the region: Woolmer, Green Road and Portsbridge, all run by Maurice’s two sons, Mike and Tim, and co-director Dave Auger.

“We are delighted to reach such a milestone with Jet,” said Mike Garner.  “When my father entered into partnership with the brand 50 years ago, fuel retailing was very different. The early deals he made were based on a gentleman’s agreement; contracts were written on the back of a beer mat and sealed with a handshake.”

To celebrate the 50-year milestone, Pete George, Phillips 66 manager, UK and Ireland marketing, joined manager, regional sales, Guy Pulham and territory manager Paul Carey on the forecourt of the Woolmer Service Station in Borden to toast the long-standing relationship with the Garner Group directors.

Pete George said: “We are known for the close relationships we have with our dealers and are proud to say that this approach has not changed, from the day Maurice Garner first became one of our dealers to our operations as Phillips 66 today.”

Read an interview with key members of the Phillips 66 team in the January issue of Fuel Oil News

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