Category Archives: Provisions Shops

Star Supply Stores

Stumbling across the wonderful Star Supply Stores on Lowestoft’s historical High Street – now Raphael Crafts – prompted a bit of research into this retail business. Star was one of many chains of grocers and provision dealers that thrived in English towns during the late … Continue reading

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Dairy Chain: The Story of the Meadow Dairy Company

Previous posts have discussed the provisions shops of Lipton’s, David Greig, Home & Colonial Stores and the Maypole Dairy Co. All these businesses, though long gone, had distinctive shopfronts which can still – occasionally – be recognised on modern high … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Home & Colonial Stores: Part 2

These examples of Home & Colonial stores were spotted after  The Legacy of Home & Colonial Stores was first posted. If additional shops come to light, they will be posted here. Contributions happily accepted! Monmouth The Blue Cross charity shop at 14 Monnow … Continue reading

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The Legacy of David Greig: Part 2

Several former David Greig shops – or fragments of shops –  have come to my attention since publishing the story of this extensive London-based provisions chain in The Legacy of David Greig. Here is a selection. Weston-Super-Mare This small shop – now ‘The … Continue reading

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‘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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