New Asda owners eyeing up £10billion sale of thousands of forecourts – The Mirror

The Issa brothers are considering offloading their EG Group retail empire – which also owns thousands of forecourts and convenience stores in the UK, Europe and the US

Brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa
Brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa are exploring their options (

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The billionaire owners of Asda are thinking of selling their petrol station empire EG Group for as much as £10.8billion.

Super-rich brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa own Asda, but also own thousands of petrol stations through their company, EG Group, along with investment firm TDR Capital.

EG Group owns 6,000 forecourts, as well as various fast food brands in Europe and the US.

Last year EG bought 146 KFC branches in the UK and Ireland, as well as restaurant chain Leon in April this year.

EG is now talking to advisers about several options, including a sale or a stock market flotation, according to Retail Gazette.

The company is valued at around £10.8billion.

A spokesperson for the group did not deny the rumours to The Mirror.

An EG Group spokesperson said: “EG Group regularly works with its advisers to explore a wide range of options to create value in its portfolio.”

The EG Group is considering all its options, a spokesperson told The Mirror
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Possible interested buyers include the Japanese owners of 7-Eleven, Ito-Yokado.

Other likely suitors are the owners of the Circle K convenience stores, Alimentation Couche-Tarde.

TDR has been approached for comment.

In October 2020 the Issa brothers bought supermarket giant Asda for £6.8billion, alongside TDR.

The sale included a £1billion cash injection for Asda and a pledge to deliver more “competitive prices” for fuel customers.

Under the deal the previous Asda owner, American retail giant Walmart, kept an investment in Asda’s 631 stores.

However, the majority of the chain will be run by its new consortium of owners.

The Issa brothers are from Blackburn, but their parents Vali and Zubeda initially lived in Bradford after moving to the UK from Gujarat in India during the 1970s to work in the textile industry.

Mohsin, 49, and Zuber, 48, started out in a garage which their dad, who had worked in a woollen mill, bought.

They branched out on their own, first renting a petrol station for two years, then in 2001 buying their first forecourt, a derelict freehold site in Bury, and formed Euro Garages.

Their empire, the EG Group, now has almost 6,000 sites across 10 countries, from the UK to the US and Australia, runs outlets for Greggs, Starbucks and KFC, and employs 44,000 people.

In 2017, it bought 77 Little Chef roadside restaurants.

Zuber said: “We grew (EG) from nothing.

“We’ve been on the pumps, we’ve been stocking the shelves, cleaning the toilets. You do everything.

“And once you do the foundation work, it’s no different wherever you go in the world. It’s a petrol station; you’re selling fuel, you’re selling coffee, you’re selling convenience.”

Mohsin said the company “makes more money selling a cup of coffee than we would do on an average tank fill-up”.

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