Topaz (Circle K Ireland), the country’s largest fuels and convenience retailer, and GoCar, Ireland’s leading car sharing company, announced a new partnership to make car sharing easier for more people across the country. The partnership will create four new GoCar bases at Topaz stations in Dalkey, Bray, Limerick, and Navan. The newly installed GoCar vehicles will provide Topaz customers with a sustainable and affordable transport option, allowing them to avail of car sharing for short-term vehicle journeys.
The announcement builds on the existing relationship between Topaz and GoCar, which began in 2014 with a Fuel Card deal that made Topaz the exclusive fuel provider for all GoCar vehicles. The new GoCar bases at Topaz forecourts will offer a convenient mode of transport for people in need of a car or van on a short-term basis. The move comes as Topaz gears up to rebrand to Circle K Ireland and is part of an ongoing investment in innovating and expanding its offering beyond traditional services. With this latest partnership, Topaz aims to provide customers with new and innovative services at both stores and forecourts, and to build on its legacy of supporting innovative Irish companies.
GoCar’s purpose is to make transport easier and more affordable across Ireland, and the partnership with the fuel provider is expected to increase access to car sharing among Topaz customers. Since 2014, GoCar has become one of the biggest Topaz Fuel Card holders with a rapid expansion throughout the country from 62 cars in 2014 to over 350 today across 18 counties. The car sharing company hopes to double its fleet again in 2018, with potential for further expansion of the Topaz partnership down the line.
Fergal Egan, Business Development Manager for Topaz, commented, “As Topaz embarks upon an exciting chapter and continues to grow, we are delighted to announce this partnership with GoCar. We are always seeking new ways to expand our service offerings to customers and partner with innovative companies that stay ahead of the curve. Topaz has been fuelling GoCar through its Fuel Cards since 2014, and we hope that this latest partnership will see our relationship continue to grow into 2018 and beyond.”
GoCar Managing Director Colm Brady commented on the partnership, “We are delighted to build upon our existing relationship with Topaz, introducing new GoCar bases to four forecourts and providing Irish people with additional multimodal transport options to make modern, busy lives a little easier. We’re starting with this initial investment and are hoping to expand further in the future based on drivers’ feedback. The aim of GoCar has always been to make transport more convenient and affordable, and this partnership is another step in helping us bring car sharing to more people across the country.”
The new GoCars are a mix of passenger cars and vans, and are now live on site. Cars are at the Topaz stations in Dalkey and Bray, while vans are located at Topaz in Navan and Limerick.
- Topaz Ulverton Road, Dalkey
- Topaz Dublin Road, Bray
- Topaz Proudstown, Navan
- Topaz Dock Road, Limerick
Both Topaz and GoCar are looking to expand the partnership over the next few years, with a view to invest in additional cars for local communities. GoCar is calling on the public to recommend additional locations for new GoCar bases.
About Topaz (Circle K Ireland):
Topaz, part of the global fuel and convenience store brand Circle K, is the leading fuel and convenience retailer in Ireland. Its retail network is made up of over 430 stations across the island of Ireland. Of these stations, over 160 are owned by Topaz and over 270 are owned by dealers. The company also operates a large commercial fuels business, with over 20 depots and three owned terminals across the country.
About Circle K:
Circle K is an international chain of convenience stores, founded in 1951 in El Paso, Texas, United States. It is owned and operated by the Canadian company Alimentation Couche-Tard.
Circle K has over 12,000 stores worldwide; Topaz will be joining a network of over 1,700 franchise stores in over 20 countries that operate under the Circle K brand.