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How the supermarket came to be

Nowadays we are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding places to shop. Not only do we have specialist stores for electronics, children’s toys and all kinds of gifts, but we also have large supermarkets. In the past we would have had to pop to a baker, butcher and greengrocer to pick up all the items that you needed. Now we can head to one store and pick everything up in one place.

These stores became so large that they started to stock medicines, clothes and electronics, that they would protect using a Security Seal like the ones that you can find from places like Some of the large stores that we have available started off as small local shops and have grown. The history of some stores dates back to over a 100 years ago.

Here are some of the top supermarkets that operate here in the UK.

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Originally, Tesco was established in 1919 when Jack Cohen set up a stall in the East End of London selling surplus groceries that he had accumulated over time. As a result of sales of £4, Mr Cohen was able to make a profit of £1 on the very first day of his business. The name ‘Tesco’ was formed in 1924 as a result of the establishment of the company. It was named after TE Stockwell, a partner in a firm of tea suppliers, and  the CO came from the surname of Jack, who was one of the partners in the firm.

It was Tesco Tea that was the first own-brand product sold by the company that Jack promised would bring great value to their customers. It was in 1929 that the first store was opened in Edgware, London.


In 1899, William Morrison established the company under the name Wm Morrison Limited, which operated as an egg and butter merchant in Rawson Market, Bradford. As a 21-year-old, Ken Morrison took over the company from his father in 1952. In 1958, Morrisons opened its first shop in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre.

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Asda is the acronym for Associated Dairies. In 1949, the Asquith family’s supermarket business merged with that of Associated Dairies of Yorkshire, resulting in the creation of the Asquith Dairies company. During the 1970s and 1980s, it expanded its operations into the south of England as well.


ALbrecht-DIscount is a discount store that was founded in 1946 and carries a wide variety of products and services. The name was shortened to Aldi. In addition to having stores throughout the EU, the German supermarket chain also operates in Australia and the United States. At least one Aldi store can be found in most German towns and villages. A total of 4,100 stores are located in Germany, and 7,600 are located in other countries. As a part of the group’s expansion into the UK, its first store was opened in Birmingham in 1990.

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