The Peregrine Corporation is an Australian privately owned company which operates the On The Run brand of service stations and convenience stores in South Australia, as well as the Smokemart & GiftBox tobacconists vape & variety retail stores nationwide.
Number of employees
|3,500[self-published source?] (2020)|
It was founded by Fred Shahin in 1984 with the purchase of a BP service station in Woodville; and in 2020 it was listed at number 15 in the Australian Financial Review's "Top 500 Private Companies", with an estimated annual revenue of $2.6 billion. Peregrine bought the Mobil fuel outlets in South Australia in 2010 and 25 company-owned BP outlets in 2014. The acquired sites were rebranded and upgraded to 24-hour On the Run (OTR) convenience stores along with the service stations. The company owns The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend and the Mallala Motor Sport Park.
Fathi (Fred) Shahin and his Palestinian family moved to Lebanon during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, when he was ten years old. Shahin went to night school to qualify as an accountant. After working for the United Nations for 27 years, he and his family migrated to Australia. When he could not find work, he bought a BP service station in the Adelaide suburb of Woodville, and the family lived on site. Peregrine was founded in 1984 with the purchase of the service station, soon followed by a chain of Smokemart (tobacco retailer) stores across Adelaide. After Fred's death, three of his sons, Yasser, Khalil (Charlie) and Samer (Sam) took over the business.
Peregrine bought the Mobil fuel outlets in South Australia in 2010 and 25 company-owned BP outlets in 2014. The acquired sites were rebranded and upgraded to 24-hour On The Run sites. By June 2014, Peregrine owned a chain of 24-hour convenience stores and service stations operating under the On The Run brand.[self-published source?] Yasser Shahin and family were included on the BRW Rich 200 list in 2014.
In 2015 Peregrine announced plans to redevelop the former Mitsubishi Motors Australia test site outside Tailem Bend as The Bend Motorsport Park, that opened in 2017, and in May 2017, announced the purchase of the Mallala Motor Sport Park.
Peregrine Corporation owns and operates a diverse range of businesses including the chain of OTR Convenience stores, Smokemart, Giftbox, Vape Square, Krispy Kreme South Australia, The Bend Motorsport Park, Reliable Petroleum and Peregrine Property.
As of September 2020, Peregrine was the 9th largest privately-owned company in Australia, and the largest in South Australia.
The Peregrine Corporation is South Australia’s largest private sector company and the state’s largest private sector employer, employing more than 4,500 employees across retail, marketing, human resources, property development, legal, business development and operations.
OTR has also established an innovative charitable program called OTRGive in June 2018. OTRGive gives back to charity groups through the OTR App. Every time a customer shops or refuels at OTR with the OTR App, OTR donates on the customer’s behalf to the community group of their choice – at no cost to the customer. Donations to the community through OTRGive is nearing $400,000 in 2021.
Charities who’ve benefitted from OTR Give include Foodbank, Guide Dogs SA/NT, CFS Foundation, Variety, Canteen, Royal Flying Doctor Service and RSPCA.
Prior to the launch of OTR Give, The Peregrine Corporation had a strong track record of giving back to the communities in which it operates through the OTR Community Program.
This has included many local clubs and groups ranging from schools, sporting clubs, community organisations and not-for-profit charities.
Since the OTR Community Program was superseded by OTR Give, Peregrine Corporation continues to provide direct support to some community groups.
As South Australia’s largest private sector employer, OTR has a strong track record of providing employment opportunities and training to people who typically have found it difficult to enter the workforce or get an opportunity elsewhere.
Through an innovative partnership with the award-winning Community Corporate, OTR has created employment opportunities and helped deliver life changing impact for socially disadvantaged people including refugees, and migrants.
In 2016, OTR won the Governor’s Multicultural Award for a private sector company in recognition of its creation and maintenance of a truly diverse and multicultural South Australian workforce.
Nasmin Pty Ltd, the registered owner of Nasmin Farm, was fined $28,000 for the 2012 dumping of 2,000 tonnes (2,200 short tons) of slightly contaminated soil, taken from the redevelopment of an On The Run store located on Nasmin Farm.
In 2018 the OTR brand of the company received significant criticism from consumers and environmental groups for a decision to ban reusable coffee cups, amongst growing concerns of the negative effect of the 1.2 billion disposable cups that end-up in landfill in Australia each year.
A class action on behalf of 1,050 On The Run workers was lodged with the Federal Court of Australia on 13 May 2020. The company was accused of failing to pay overtime, underpaying staff and misusing its traineeship program as a method to reduce workers' pay, dating back to 2014 and involving all stores in South Australia. OTR allegedly used eight different wage minimisation tactics that enabled gross underpayment of its staff. In March 2020, the Federal Court had upheld a separate decision by the South Australian Employment Tribunal to award $2,342 to an OTR employee who had been underpaid.
In 2020 there was opposition by local residents to a planned OTR outlet on Kensington Road in Kensington Park, and to the expansion of the Peregrine headquarters building in Kensington to a height of seven storeys with a helipad on top of the building.
In August 2020 Peregrine was ordered by the South Australian Employment Tribunal to pay $65,000 to an employee after being found to have deliberately underpaid him over the period of a year in 2016, at an OTR at Fulham.
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