Morrisons is selling its 337 forecourts to Motor Fuel Group following the agreement of a £2.5 billion deal.

The supermarket said the proposed deal would also see it take a minority stake of around 20% in Motor Fuel Group (MFG), which has the same private equity owner as the retail giant, as part of a strategic tie-up.

Both firms are majority-owned by US buyout firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice.

What does the deal mean for Morrisons customers?

Under the deal, MFG is set to take on the Morrisons forecourts, including fuel and associated convenience retail operations.

Western Telegraph: Morrisons' chief executive, Rami Baitieh, says the plans come as the needs of the customer continue to evolve.Morrisons' chief executive, Rami Baitieh, says the plans come as the needs of the customer continue to evolve. (Image: Ian Hinchliffe/PA Wire)

It will also take on more than 400 electric vehicle (EV) charging sites with plans to invest in further expansion of the EV network and forecourt retail operations.

Rami Baitieh, chief executive of Morrisons, said: “As the needs of the customer continue to evolve, Morrisons and MFG’s partnership will see us combine our respective expertise and resources to deliver the best value for customers at the pump, in our convenience stores and in our supermarkets.

“It means Morrisons customers will continue to see a competitive and attractive forecourt offering, including expanded access to EV charging, while also benefiting from greater focus on investment in Morrisons’ core food business.”

There are not expected to be any compulsory redundancies after the deal with all Morrisons forecourt staff offered an in-store position, the companies said.

They added: “In nearly all circumstances this position will most likely be in the store to which the forecourt is attached.”

But at MFG, which has 900 sites in the UK, its workers are employed directly by franchise holders.

Within the first five years following the deal, MFG has pledged to roll out 800 ultra-rapid EV chargers across the enlarged estate.

It plans to also boost the forecourt convenience shop environment, food-to-go and car valeting facilities.

Morrisons will continue to supply food and groceries across the forecourt chain with the opportunity to expand across MFG’s estate.

The supermarket said it will use the proceeds of the sale to fund further investment in its grocery stores and food-making businesses, as well as “significantly strengthening the business’s capital structure”.

It is understood that Morrisons and owner CD&R are aiming to use the deal to help pay down some of the supermarket’s £5.7 billion debt pile.

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It’s similar to last year’s deal by rival supermarket chain Asda to acquire EG Group’s petrol stations in the UK and Ireland last year.

William Bannister, chief executive of MFG, said: “This strategic acquisition, and the resulting partnership with the highly respected Morrisons brand, is the next major growth investment for MFG.

“It is anchored in the potential for us to accelerate the rollout of ultra-rapid EV charging infrastructure across the UK while also giving customers a first-class retail offer.”