First Stop in Unique Property Partnership to Attract New Franchisees

First Stop is inviting potential partners to its network in its most forward-thinking way to date, after teaming up with a London-based firm of property developers to source and secure a number of prime retail development opportunities.

The exclusive sites, which are not on the open market, are all positioned in high footfall retail areas – each with planning permission – with some available to move into now and others over the coming weeks and months.

Through the partnership, which is believed to be the first-of-its-kind in the fast fit retail industry, 20 locations have been rubber stamped in high-profile areas, near to the likes of McDonald’s, Costa, Starbucks and prominent petrol stations. The sites are available to potential First Stop franchisees to ensure they begin life with the best possible tools to succeed.

First Stop UK Retail Network Manager Mark Widdows said: “This is a huge development for First Stop. These opportunities rarely come along and we already have 20 secured with more to follow. We would like to hear from potential partners who might be interested in the opportunities we’re creating here.

“We’re a progressive network and we’re doing all we can to not only expand to destinations across the country, but to also offer support to our partners in ways not seen elsewhere. Our property locating service is an example of this. It means that we’re taking the stress and strain from a new partner by choosing the best possible location for them, with the greatest potential for footfall and sales.

“This will allow them to concentrate on what they’re good at and we hope that the end-result will be a really successful automotive enterprise that lives long in the memory for local motorists – who will keep coming back to us.”

First Stop is aiming grow to 220 centres nationwide by 2024 and this latest development is seen as a huge tool in helping them to reach this target.

Mark added: “We want to be known as forward thinkers and innovators, with a premium look and feel in everything we do. I believe that our commercial property support is an example of this and I couldn’t be happier to be in a position to announce it.”

Any budding First Stop business partners with relevant automotive experience and a passion for the industry are invited to get in touch by emailing