Applegreen Limited
Euronext DublinAPGN
FoundedDublin, Ireland (1992)
HeadquartersPark West, Dublin,
Key people
  • Bob Etchingham (co-owner)
  • Joe Barrett (co-owner)
RevenueIncrease €3.1bn (2019)
Footnotes / references
Applegreen petrol station in Forty Hill, Enfield, Great Britain

Applegreen Limited[1][2][3] is an Irish company founded in 1992 that operates 620 petrol stations in Ireland, Great Britain and the US.[4] It is a major petrol retailer in Ireland, and operates convenience stores and motorway service areas. Applegreen's headquarters are based in Park West Business Park in Dublin, Ireland.[5]

In 2018, Applegreen purchased the majority of UK motorway service area operator Welcome Break for €361.8m.[6] In 2021, Applegreen acquired the United States toll road service area operations from HMSHost for $375 million.[7]

Greenwashing controversies

In 2020, Applegreen announced an initiative to offset the emissions from its premium fuels, which has been labelled as a greenwashing effort.[8] While the campaign claimed to offset all the emissions from its fuels, a report from IrishEVs showed that this only included emissions created from cars and did not include emissions from extraction or refinement which typically account for up to 40% of the total greenhouse gas emissions from petrol and diesel.[9][10]

Partnership with Marks & Spencer

In October 2022, Applegreen announced a partnership with Marks & Spencer to sell M&S Food at its locations in Ireland. A new M&S Food “shop-in-shop” will initially be available in five Applegreen locations.[11]

Creeslough explosion

Main article: Creeslough explosion

On 7 October 2022, an explosion occurred at an apartment behind an Applegreen petrol station in the village of Creeslough, County Donegal.[12] The explosion killed ten people and left eight hospitalised.[13] The site housed a petrol station, a supermarket, a post office, a hair dressing salon, and an apartment building. The source of the explosion was suspected to be an accidental gas leak in the apartment building behind the petrol station.[14][15] The explosion caused the region's largest number of civilian casualties in decades.[16]


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