Business expansion
United Kingdom
Northern Ireland;
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Automotive Fuel In Specialised Stores
47.30 - Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores

200 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
16 June 2014
Employment effect (start)
1 March 2015
Foreseen end date
1 March 2017


Over 200 new jobs will be created over the next two years as the first motorway service stations are planned for Northern Ireland. Four service stations will be opened, with each needing 50-60 staff including positions for managers and sales staff. The service stations are being opened by Irish company Petrogas global and will trade under Petrogas' Applegreen brand. Petrogas currently operates twelve service stations in the Republic of Ireland. 

The first service station will be ready by March 2015 between junctions 4 and 5 of the M2 near Templepatrick. Petrogas has said that the Northern Ireland stations will be smaller than their counterparts in the south. The company has also stated that it is currently looking for further sites to develop.


  • 17 June 2014: BBC Website


Eurofound (2014), Petrogas Global, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 77246, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/77246.