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No Lull for Gull

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No Lull for Gull

Independent fuel retailer opens 50th site and puts firm stake in the ground

Auckland, 3 September 2012 – Gull Petroleum officially opened its 50th petrol station in Matamata over the weekend. To mark the occasion, locals were treated to a 50 cent per litre discount across the fuel range for a two hour period.

The 50th site cements the family-owned fuel retailer as a key player in the petroleum market.

Gull General Manager, Dave Bodger says it’s important that the business expands and continues to provide New Zealanders with savings at the pump, as well as alternative fuel options.

“We’re competing against the big retailers so we need to invest more, to get our fuel into the cars of more New Zealanders,” he says.

In addition to Gull’s competitive fuel prices, Gull’s biofuel range has become a key point of difference for the business. Gull Diesel Max, Gull Regular Plus and Gull Force 10, New Zealand’s first biofuel (a 10% ethanol mixed with premium gasoline giving higher octane and cleaner performance), has enabled Gull to lead the competition in alternative fuels and help motorists reduce their carbon footprints.

The focus at Gull for the last two years has been to build the company’s infrastructure with eight new sites opened with two more on the way, as well as a number of unmanned sites which provide further fuel savings.

Mr Bodger says Gull is well on the way to achieving their growth targets.

“As well as the 50th site, we’ve also invested heavily in a new multi-million dollar tank in Mt Maunganui.

“The tank holds 10 million litres and will assist in getting our product out more seamlessly to the 50 locations.

“Demand for our fuels is high and future proofing our business with this infrastructure is significant as we look to flex our muscles.”

The Matamata opening was full of fanfare with a live band rocking out on the petrol station rooftop, speeches by Mr Bodger and Matamata Mayor, Hugh Vercoe, community group performances and giveaways to keep locals interested.

The new Gull petrol station also features a concept café which will serve barista-made coffee and gourmet snacks ensuring people get their fix while on the go.

Mr Bodger says that the company is looking forward to being part of the local community, and bringing competitive fuel pricing to Matamata.

“Like all of our petrol stations, we hope we can provide Kiwi motorists with affordable fuel and environmental benefits so they keep coming back.

“We’re New Zealand’s first independent fuel retailer and have been providing Kiwis with savings since 1998 – Matamata will be no different,” says Mr Bodger.

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