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Moores Stores

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of Sunderland (head office)

1907 Business founded by William Moore[1]

1914 Incorporated as a private company; total of 9 shops

c.1930 G H Moore, son of the founder, took charge of the business

1935 Grocers and provision merchants. Public company incorporated[2]. Had 114 branches in the North-East of England[3]

1936 Acquired Metcalfe's Stores of Newcastle[4]

1937 Acquired major interest in Kemps Stores in Northumberland and Durham and in Buckley Jones in Wales[5]

1960 Acquired J. D. Marsden[6] and United Kingdom Tea Co[7]

1962 UK Tea Co acquired 102 Mence Smith stores[8]. Acquired Thrift Stores, which were partly owned by some directors of Wright's Biscuits[9]

1963 Acquired George Barr of Scotland. Acquired John Favers and A. E. Smith and Co from Scribbans-Kemp[10]

1968 Having opposed the use of trading stamps, the company ceased giving out stamps at the 20 outlets where they were used[11]. Had 960 shops of which 400 were self service[12]

1972 Acquired by Cavenham Foods[13]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 07, 1935
  2. The Times, May 28, 1935
  3. The Times, May 31, 1935
  4. The Times, Feb 24, 1937
  5. The Times, Apr 27, 1938
  6. The Times, Mar 05, 1960
  7. The Times Jun 08, 1960
  8. The Times Jan 13, 1962
  9. The Times Jun 22, 1962
  10. The Times, Oct 01, 1963
  11. The Times Apr 17, 1968
  12. The Times, Jul 09, 1968
  13. The Times, Jan 21, 1972