Petrol stations owned by Muslim family remove alcohol from shelves

Published: January 23, 2016



A Muslim family has taken over hundreds of petrol stations across the United Kingdom and removed alcohol from its shelves.

Following the takeover, brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa ordered for the removal of alcohol from sale from all the stations.

The petrol stations are part of the fast growing Euro Garages, which has 350 petrol stations across the country.  The business worth £1.3billion and has embarked on an aggressive expansion plan which includes procurement of petrol stations previously run by the likes of British Petroleum, Esso and Shell.

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Following the takeover, the new owners, who are one of Britain’s most successful Muslim families, have removed displays selling wine, beer and spirits.

While there have been suggestions that the ban was enforced for religious reasons, the company said it did not think it was ethical to sell alcohol to people who are driving.

Euro Garages has a partnership with a several household name brands, including Spar, Greggs, Burger King, Subway and Starbucks.

Considerable loss of sales and profit due to the decision of banning alcohol has not stalled the success of the company.

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The company was  founded by both brothers in 2001 with a single petrol filling station in Bury, Greater Manchester. Only 15 years ago they were working in a petrol station in Halifax, stock-taking and cleaning the toilets.

However, the brothers took a lease on a local garage with their combined savings of £5,000 and today they control a business with an appraised worth of nearly £1.3billion.

The decision sparked conversation across social media.

This article originally appeared on Mail Online

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Rocky
    Jan 23, 2016 - 3:10PM

    Nothing wrong in it, I think we should welcome the Muslim brothers decision! Recommend

  • hari
    Jan 23, 2016 - 3:46PM

    Indian origin people are successful generally.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jan 23, 2016 - 3:48PM

    The examples like these are creating the real scare and hatred on the ground in UK.I am afraid such examples will close the doors of all Pakistanis not only in UK but in general to US, Canada and Europe in general. When the challenge the customs of one country, then do not expect that Multi-multiculturalism will be expected anymore.
    When we reach the shores of some other country, then we have to agree with their customs.
    If a Non Muslims have to eat only Halal meat in Pakistan and he cannot openly sell Alcohol, then kindly respect it vice versa.
    Otherwise the differences will be too much and we will be marginalized in the world. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 23, 2016 - 7:05PM

    This is what is called – NOT being a Roman in Rome . Go by the laws of the land I say – not by the rules of your religion. Recommend

  • Candy Bubbles
    Jan 23, 2016 - 7:36PM

    Well said Bunny Rabbit. I do not live in my birth country, I live in a Catholic one – I respect their values and try to fit in. If I felt I could not do this I would go back where I came from.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jan 23, 2016 - 7:42PM

    I live in UK and will NOT be filling up my car at their pumps. Where I fill my car is my decision and not theirs.Recommend

  • John B
    Jan 23, 2016 - 7:57PM

    I support the decision. There is no law or custom that they have to sell alcohol in a gas station. Gas station makes a good profit from its convenience store sales than gas. Alcohol is just one another product with little profit margin but occupies more space.

    I am sure they will put in other products of various kinds in the cleared space to make up the lost revenue.

    What comes out of it ? A good thing. If I were an unscrupulous business man, I will open a chain a liquor store next to the gas stations to pick up their lost market share!

    I am sure the business might have made a lot of money by selling the alcohol license it already owns or saved a lot by surrendering it! Recommend

  • pro bono publico
    Jan 23, 2016 - 8:25PM

    Is it ethical to sell alcohol to those who are driving when there is no guarantee that the buyer will not drink it while driving?Recommend

  • Woz Ahmed
    Jan 23, 2016 - 8:40PM

    Amazing success story, these Gujaratis know how to make money.

    Not sure if this is a good business decision, but they seem to know what they are doing.

    Not all petRol stations sell alcohol, but it is the culture of the U.K. To buy alcohol, as and when.

    Interestingly will they ban pork products next ?Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 23, 2016 - 8:50PM

    There is nothing muslimness about this act; the sale or consumption of alcohal in all bible belt counties of the usa is bidden.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • babu
    Jan 23, 2016 - 8:55PM

    Very good decision. In a free Economy, people decide what they want to sell. If Muslim owners do not want to sell alcohol, then that is their choice. Welcome to real freedom.Recommend

  • Jag Nathan
    Jan 23, 2016 - 9:26PM

    Big Deal. The only folks who are gong to suffer are British Muslims. The gulf between the, and the UK population just widens a little more. Job opportunities for young Muslim men & women shrink a little more as the native population decides they will rather not employ these folks.Recommend

  • HZR
    Jan 23, 2016 - 10:13PM

    Amazing that these guys go lands where the life is different only to recreate the lifestyle they left behind!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 24, 2016 - 12:16AM

    Playing the devil’s advocate….. IF there were a law requiring all petrol pumps to sell alcohol in the UK, would the brothers then close down their business ? Recommend

  • basil
    Jan 24, 2016 - 1:25AM

    @Bunny Rabbit:

    The law of the land doesn't say that you have to sell alcohol in a gas station, instead the law say that you can sell alcohol.The brothers choose not to sell it, by doing so they are not breaking any law, any criticism as such is totally unjustified..

  • Jan 24, 2016 - 1:30AM

    Iqbal, are you made you wont get your alcohol.Recommend

  • globalobserver
    Jan 24, 2016 - 2:24AM

    Another example of Muslim immigrants imposing their ideology on their host countries.Recommend

  • kharal
    Jan 24, 2016 - 2:33AM

    Good show alcohol poses a threat to life and causes accidents. its good initiative to ban this social disturbance of being drunk altogetherRecommend

  • Skywalker
    Jan 24, 2016 - 2:53AM

    Let us see how the business goes. I bet they will not sell any pork products either.
    I see an opportunity by other petrol station owners to sell alcohol and non-Halal products.

    Let us not come up with excuses and conspiracy theories if the business starts going south.Recommend

  • Hannatu
    Jan 24, 2016 - 4:08AM

    Obviously, the decision didn’t affect their business and people can still buy alcohol in the UK. So, what’s the problem?Recommend

  • Ramiz Allawala
    Jan 24, 2016 - 5:30AM

    What’s the big deal? The Amish entrepreneurs in the USA have built world class enterprises based on their faith. Their model is now the subject of serious academic research. Recommend

  • Telh
    Jan 24, 2016 - 5:37AM

    This should be interesting. The loss of revenue from grog sales will have effect. Maybe they will go broke.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Jan 24, 2016 - 5:37AM

    Nothing wrong with it if the owners don’t won’t to sell alcohol. Just don’t give religion as excuse as it sets a bad precedence. How is it different from non-muslim in UK not allowing/disliking muslims (especially from Pakistan) due to their large(unethical) criminal acts in UK.Recommend

  • Mamu
    Jan 24, 2016 - 10:23AM

    Great move by them. Why does media have to point out that they are muslims. It can say that they are concerned businessmen. It is media who likes to play tricks.Recommend

  • Polpot
    Jan 24, 2016 - 10:24AM

    Dont you worry. Those who help others remove evil from society, they never go down. Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jan 24, 2016 - 10:28AM

    It would be their decision. Dont worry about future hypothesis.Recommend

  • Muhammad Awais
    Jan 24, 2016 - 10:30AM

    I don’t think so we should be associated it with religion, when we talk about society than we shouldn’t sell any thing which cause of social harm. Drinking even illegal for driver so if alcohol is banned only on filling station than at least drivers will save from accident, and even Govt should adore this decision taken by these Muslim brothers.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jan 24, 2016 - 10:31AM

    @Woz Ahmed:
    Why not. They can buy and sell anything they want under the laws. If any one have a problem with them then they can open a meat shop!Recommend

  • tunre
    Jan 24, 2016 - 1:55PM

    What good does alcohol do? NONE. What good do bullets do? NONE. Accessories to crime should be removed from ones store voluntarily.
    They removed the stalls, did not “ban” anything per se. Anti-Muslim mafia needs just a tiny speck of dirt to sling tons of mud on us. Even random nobodies are commenting here with rage.
    A billionaire called Donald Dump can do anything, but a billionaire Muslim cant remove alcohol?Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 24, 2016 - 2:22PM

    All they had to do was not renew their Sale of Liquor license, which I believe has to be renewed periodically. Recommend

    Jan 24, 2016 - 2:46PM

    nothing wrong with it, let all other follow it for safety,Recommend

    Jan 24, 2016 - 2:50PM

    This is a case of taking religious rules too seriously in religious rules have more importance than your choice to drink or not.Recommend

  • Koreja
    Jan 24, 2016 - 3:22PM

    Good will benefit others more as less ppl will die from drunk driving Recommend

  • Vivek
    Jan 24, 2016 - 4:21PM

    Now who ever need booz when driving home will not go for their stations including the Muslims who drink.End of the day the British drinking communities will by pass this stations and the brothers are going to lose money. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 24, 2016 - 4:22PM

    The law of the land doesn’t say that you have to sell alcohol in a gas station, instead the law say that you can sell alcohol.

    Be careful, there is a restriction in selling hours, whereas the gas stations are open 24 hours.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 24, 2016 - 4:40PM


    You sir are a man without a religion but should understand that; all human knowledge emanates from the scriptures and are the basis of todays moral codex of the European civilisation. There are those who simply act like soldiers and follow what is outlined in scriptures but there are others who follow the codex out of conviction and using common sense.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Asian
    Jan 24, 2016 - 5:16PM

    If I buy toilet paper, it doesn’t mean I am going to take a dump in the car. Same goes for the alcohol I purchase.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jan 24, 2016 - 6:31PM

    @Rex Minor:
    The laws of UK also permits me or someone to open a pork butchery or a gay bar next to the petrol station. The owners may not like but I have not broken any laws. That is something similar to what happened at ground zero where they wanted to have a mosque but plans were shelved once they knew who their neighbours were.
    In a nutshell respect the sentiments of the local population. No one put a gun on these brothers to come to UK.
    I any case I wish you could say something similar about Ahmadiyas in Pakistan whose business are boycotted by Muslims. Like the UK brothers they have not broken any laws.Recommend

  • Jan 24, 2016 - 9:40PM

    They are the owners and it’s their decision ultimately. Why should anyone bother as long as they are peaceful law abiding citizens. Just google the name Anjali Ramkissoon and you would know how alcohol can mess up with your lives. Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jan 24, 2016 - 10:54PM

    Ban alcohol. Now ban non Muslim too. Then among Muslim ban women without burqa, men without beard and shalwar, maybe Shias, definitely Ahemdias…..It is a private business and as an owner, one has right to refuse serviceRecommend

  • ram
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:13AM

    Judging by your reasonable logic, why don’t such stores sell cigarette lighters when I surely won’t light up a smoke there?Recommend

  • Vikram
    Jan 25, 2016 - 3:24AM

    I am sure that is a good news for other shops that sell alcohol. I hope immigration keeps checking these gas stations for illegal employees. Tax department should make sure these guys pay taxes.Recommend

  • ShamelessPakistanis
    Jan 25, 2016 - 7:02PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    Its NOT a LAW to sell Alcohol in Gas Stations. You can or CANNOT sell its totally up to the person who owns the gas station. Inferiority Complexed Westernized Pakistani. Recommend

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