Fuel firm commits long-term future to Alnwick with move to new depot

Fuel company Rix Petroleum North East has secured its long-term future in Alnwick with the move to a new depot.

The business has relocated to a purpose-built facility on Lionheart Enterprise Park from its former home on Willowburn Industrial Estate.

The new base includes three 100,000 litre fuel storage tanks, offices and a rest area for the company’s tanker drivers who deliver domestic heating oil, agricultural diesel and other fuels across Northumberland.

As part of the deal, the company has also signed a 10-year lease with Northumberland Estates, securing its future in the town and enabling future investment.

Gary Moger, Rix tanker driver; Tim Claxton, depot manager at Rix Petroleum North East, and Ross Mclaren, also a Rix tanker driver, at the new depot in Lionheart Enterprise Park.

Tim Claxton, depot manager at Rix Petroleum North East, said the move demonstrated the company’s commitment to rural homes, farms, and businesses across the region.

Rix Petroleum North East began trading in Alnwick 10 years ago, and since then has become a well-known name among the county’s rural communities, including signing a major sponsorship deal with Alnwick Young Farmers.

Mr Claxton said: “We set up in Northumberland in the corner of a haulage yard, but around three years after that moved to Willowburn Industrial Estate.

“However, the landlord has decided to develop that site, so recently, it came time to move again.

“Northumberland Estates has been great in helping us find a new location and creating a purpose-built facility that completely suits our needs.

“The fact that we have a long-term lease on the property is fantastic. It means we can continue serving the community and invest in the future of our business.”

Rix Petroleum currently employs four people in Alnwick, including a business manager, two full time tanker drivers and a part time driver.

The firm has two tankers liveried in the company’s instantly recognisable red, white, and blue colour scheme.

Mr Claxton added that the move meant the company could continue supporting local people.

“Northumberland is a beautiful, rural county,” he said. “The new depot and lease mean we can continue looking after the communities that have supported us over the past decade.”

Rix Petroleum distribute and retail petroleum products to homes and businesses from local branches around the country.

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