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In the s, their rising aspirations meant that they expanded their business to seven butchers shops in the area. Their sons, Peter and Fred, later became founding members of Asda.
Around the same time, a group of West Riding dairy farmers, including the Stockdale family and Craven Dairies, joined together under the banner of J. W Hindell Dairy Farmers Ltd. First stores[ edit ] Inthe Asquith brothers converted an old cinema building, the Queens in Castlefordinto a self-service supermarket.
Another swiftly followed in the old indoor market at Edlingtonnear Doncaster. Both stores traded under the name of 'Queens'. Their next store was a purpose-built supermarket in South Elmsallnear Pontefract on the site of the old Palace cinema.
Inwhen the Asquith brothers approached Associated Dairies to run the butchery departments within their small store chain, a merger was proposed.
Another store opened in Wakefield then in Wortley, Leeds which was swiftly followed by another supermarket in the Whitkirk suburb of Leeds, which consolidated the newly formed supermarket division of Associated Dairies. Bythe company had moved outside of Yorkshire to set up a store in the North East in the industrial town of BillinghamTeessidewhich is still trading to the present day.
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Bythe Asquith brothers had their stake in the merger bought out by Noel Stockdale, and the Asda Queens stores became the sole property of Associated Dairies and the Queens name was removed as the stores became known solely as Asda.
Asda took advantage of the abolition of retail price maintenance to offer large-scale, low-cost supermarkets. This was aided by the risky decision to acquire three struggling US-owned branches in the mids of the GEM retail group.
They received the whole amount back so got the stores for free. The rent was only 10 shillings 50p per square foot on a year lease, with no rent reviews- all in all a great deal. The Preston store was based on the ground floor of a converted mill which had been occupied by a supermarket called Fame prior to GEM taking over, and then subsequently Asda.
The mill was demolished in the mids when Asda opened two new purpose-built superstores in the area. One was in the centre of Preston located at the Fishergate Shopping Centrewhich closed inless than seven years after opening due to poor trading.
And the second was located in the suburban district of Fulwood. The Fulwood store is still trading today and is a very popular store. The Cross Gates store in Leeds was closed inalong with the Whitkirk and Wortley stores, and their replacement was a large superstore built in the Killingbeck area of the city which had opened in the autumn of The Wortley store ended up being sold to Netto UK inbut was rebought when Asda acquired the Netto chain into become part of its small supermarket division.
Rapid expansion of the s[ edit ] The s had seen Asda rapidly expanding to open large superstores in edge-and out-of-town locations, and to build stores with district centres in smaller towns. It also added more petrol filling stations to stores, along with car tyre bays run by ATS.
With over 30 stores in the north of England, Asda began their expansion into the south of the country with the opening of new stores in the Estover area of PlymouthDevon and GosportHampshire in Closely followed by its first store in South Wales in RogerstoneNewportwhich relocated to a larger store in nearby Duffryn in When he first became head of the Asda stores division inwith the approval of Chairman, Noel Stockdale, he introduced delicatessen counters and in-store bakery departments to all Asda stores.
The last store to open under his tenure was in the Manchester suburb of Harpurhey.
But the growth of the chain was slowing down and their southern expansion had been expensive. They had been fighting with southern rivals Tesco and Sainsbury's to acquire prime retail sites in the more affluent South East counties of England. Indeed, the first London store was not opened untilin Park Royalnear Ealingwhich was rebuilt in Get the latest news and analysis in the stock market today, including national and world stock market news, business news, financial news and more.
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