Interview: 'Applegreen's forecourts foresight'
For Joe Barrett it was always a logical decision for Applegreen to be a food company first and a fuel company second: "You might stop for fuel once a week, but you've to eat a few times every day," he says. The plan worked. Last month the company said it had hit €2bn in annual sales. It now has 11,000 staff - close to 5,000 of them in Ireland. Since going public in 2015, it has more than doubled in size and - if its growth path continues - industry observers expect that it will do so again.