MRH – competition concerns

Following the acquisition of 78 Esso petrol stations by MRH GB in March last year, a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation has raised concerns.
With sites acquired at Brighton and Cambridge being close to other MRH sites in the area, there are fears that a lack of competition could lead to drivers paying higher petrol and diesel prices in these areas.
Rather than face a full scale enquiry, the CMA has requested that MRH, which is the UK’s largest petrol station owner and operator with over 450 sites branded Esso, BP or TORQ, seeks an acceptable solution.  The latter is proposing to sell its MRH Girton or Esso City site in Cambridge and its Esso Patcham site in Brighton.
The CMA opened MRH’s acceptable solution to public consultation and interested parties had until last Thursday to make their views known. A CMA decision on the MRH proposal is expected in February.…/MRH_full_text_decision.pdf