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Great Universal Stores

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of Devonshire Street, Manchester.

1900 Founded as a mail-order business in Manchester, England by Abraham, George and Jack Rose.

1917 Incorporated as a Limited Company

1933 Acquired John England.

1936 Acquired Marshall Ward.

1937 Acquired Kay and Co.

1945 Acquired Tyne Plywood Works[1] and British and Colonial Furniture Co.[2]

1952 Acquired a large interest in Lotus (Shoemakers) and later a further holding was bought by the Wolfson Foundation[3]

1954 Acquired Pryce Jones.

1963 Acquired S. Miller (Manchester), owner of Chorlton Warehouses mail order business.[4]

1965 Acquired Bollington Textile Printers.[5]

1972 the holding in Lotus was sold

1972 Acquired A. and S. Henry and Co.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Sep 24, 1945
  2. The Times, Oct 3, 1945
  3. The Times, Feb 03, 1970
  4. The Times, May 21, 1963
  5. The Times, March 10, 1965