Category Archives: Grocers, Provision Dealers and Dairies

‘Shop-Coolness and Counter-Cleanliness’: The Legacy of the Maypole Dairy Co

Introduction Some of the most ornate and distinctive shopfronts created by British provision chains in the late 19th and early 20th centuries belonged to the Maypole Dairy Co. These are highly recognisable and well worth looking out for, though examples … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Home & Colonial Stores

Introduction Decades have passed since large superstores asserted their dominance over the retail food market, yet attractive remnants of old grocery and provision chains can still be spotted on shopping streets throughout the UK. One of the most recognisable is … Continue reading

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Lipton’s: ‘A Beautiful Study in White’

Introduction A self-made man, Sir Thomas J. Lipton (1848-1931) opened his first provision shop in Stobcross Street, Glasgow, in 1871. His shops multiplied, their openings trumpeted with stunts and fanfares, and Lipton quickly made his fortune. But it was his decision to … Continue reading

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The Legacy of David Greig

Introduction Conditions were ripe for the success of multiple (chain) retailing in the late 19th century, including provision dealers and grocers such as Home & Colonial Stores, Maypole Dairies, Lipton’s, Sainsbury’s and David Greig. From a base established in Brixton, … Continue reading

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