The combination of petrol and diesel with traditional retail may not appear to mix smoothly. But KAL’s combination of general retailing and fuel sales isn’t entirely new.

Older readers might remember the late retail doyen Raymond Ackerman fighting for Pick n Pay being able to offer discounted fuel sales in the 1990s. Though this was shot down (much to the relief of forecourt owners), Pick n Pay had a compelling case to use discounted fuel sales as a loss leader to drive customers to its mainstay supermarket offering...

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