About Us

Our History

A business using the Mole Avon name has operated since October 1966. It started at Downes Mill on the outskirts of Crediton then business moved to the former winter quarters of Anderton & Rowland Circus on Mill Street, Crediton in November 1970.

Mole Avon Trading Limited commenced trading in August 1973 operating a retail branch from this site. Part of the buildings were used for the company’s accounting, administration and marketing departments known collectively as ‘Central Admin’. Central Admin moved to rented premises at Westward Business Centre, still on Mill Street, Crediton in 2009 to allow for an expansion of our retail shop. Central Admin was renamed in 2016 to The Support Centre.

In 2016, we acquired land on the outskirts of Crediton (known as Wellparks), a key position on the entrance to the Tesco superstore. In September 2018 we relocated from our Mill Street premises and created a town and country store like no other in the south west. 

In 1975 a ‘sub depot’ was established at Okehampton, initially in Crediton Road, but a branch followed at the old Barton Garage premises on Exeter Road in July 1979. Significant additional and adjoining land was purchased in 1983 and 1999 to create the site we operate from today.

These additional land purchases incorporated the development of the Mole Avon Forecourt over the years, having continued fuel retailing since the acquisition of the Barton Garage in 1979. The Spar brand was added in 2006 when we doubled the shop selling space.

The Axminster branch has been in operation since November 1978 from a site in the Station Yard area, firstly from rented premises but eventually from a purpose-built building opened in 1987. Adjacent land was acquired in 1993 following the closure of Jewsons building merchants after which the existing building was redeveloped and a new retail warehouse built in 1995. Updates to both warehouse and shop have been completed in 2012.