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Supermarkets in the United Kingdom

This is a list of supermarket chains in the United Kingdom. Grocery sales in the UK are dominated by Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrison's. These "big four" had a combined market share of 76.2 percent of the UK grocery market in the 12 weeks ending 9 June 2013.[1]

Premier Supermarkets, a subsidiary of Express Dairies, opened the UK's first supermarket in Streatham, South London in 1951.[2]

List of current UK supermarket chains

Supermarket Image Founded/Came to UK Owned by Market Share Notes
Aldi Süd GmbH 3.6[1] No frills supermarket
Wal-Mart through subsidiary Corinth Services Ltd 16.9[1] Founded by a group of Yorkshire farmers
Owned by the original founding family North West of England and Yorkshire
Musgrave Group Found in England and Wales, with stores up to 10,000 square feet (930 m2)
Co-op,* and The Co-operative Food Various Co-op societies 6.3[1] Identities shared by about 20 retail co-operatives, including:

see also The Co-operative Group#List of corporate members

Bibby Line Group
Symbol group and convenience store
Filco Foods
Welsh Based supermarket founded in Llantwit Major
Heron Foods
UK Private Company Primarily frozen foods, operates 170 stores throughout the Midlands and the North.
2.0[1] Indirectly controlled by Baugur Group of Iceland; first store opened at Oswestry, Shropshire in 1970.
Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG 3.0[1] No frills supermarket
Musgrave Group
Symbol group and a convenience store
Palmer and Harvey
Irish owned franchise symbol group and a convenience store founded by Jonny Lingiah
Marks & Spencer
Publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange
3.8* (separate measure)[3] Clothing and food retailer
Morrisons 100px
Publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange
11.6[1] Fourth biggest supermarket in the UK, over 450 stores
UK private company
Retailers' co-operative and symbol group
Ocado 100px
Publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange
Online only, partnership with Waitrose & Morrisons
Publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange
16.7[1] Superstores as well as 'Local' and 'Central' sites
SPAR Symbol group
Publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange
30.5[1] Including 'Extra', 'Superstores', 'Metro', 'Express' and 'Homeplus' outlets. UK's largest non-food retailer
John Lewis Partnership
Whole Foods Market
Publicly traded on NASDAQ
Entered the UK with the acquisition of seven Fresh & Wild stores.

List of defunct UK supermarket chains

These supermarkets are either no longer trading, have been renamed, or have been taken over and rebranded.

Supermarket Image Founded/Came to UK Fate Closed Notes
Aberness Bought by Somerfield 2000 Scottish convenience chain
Alldays Bought by the Co-operative Group
All 'Ours Merged with Premier Stores Symbol group within the Moffat company
Bejam 1968 Bought by Iceland 1989 Frozen Foods
Bells Stores Bought by Sainsbury's, branded as Sainsbury's at Bells before being converted to Sainsbury's Local 2004 Small chain of 54 convenience stores in the North East England
Bishops Bought by Budgens[4] 1984 63 stores in South East England
BP Safeway Dissolved following Safeway takeover by Morrisons Partnership between BP plc and Safeway, listed as Equinox retailing. Some stores now Tesco Express
Carrefour 1970s UK business sold to Gateway/Somerfield, then later to Asda 1990
Capital Freezer Centres Now owned by Farmfoods
Circle K Merged with Alldays
County Stores Sold to Gateway, converted to Somerfield 1990
Crazy Prices Bought by Tesco ABF owned Northern Ireland group
Healds Day & Nite Bought by Tesco
David Greig Bought by Somerfield
Europa Bought by Tesco Presence in central London
Fairway Bought by Gateway
Fine Fare
1956 Bought by Gateway 1986
Food Giant Originally part of Somerfield group, all stores converted to Kwik Save following the Somerfield/Kwik Save merger
2007 Administration in 2008, liquidated in 2009 2009 Smaller stores of former Kwik Save chain. Bought out by management team led by Brendan Murtagh
Galbraith supermarkets 1894 Bought by Allied Suppliers, then Argyll Group Scottish chain
Gateway Foodmarkets 1950 Rebranded as Somerfield 1992
Select & Save Bought by Costcutter
Grandways Some stores sold to Argyll Group for their Presto chain and Kwik Save, remainder renamed Jacksons 1992/3 Regional in Yorkshire
GT Smith Bought by Co-operative Group 2002 Regional in West Yorkshire
Haldanes 2009 (including UGO stores) 2011 Went into administration 2011
Hillards Bought by Tesco
Hintons Bought by Argyll Foods to become part of Presto Mainly in North East England and Yorkshire
Irwin's Stores Bought by Tesco
International Bought by Gateway
Jackson's Bought by Sainsbury's, branded as Sainsbury's at Jackson's before being converted to Sainsbury's Local. 2004 Regional in Yorkshire and North Midlands
Key Markets Bought by Gateway
Kwik Save Closed branch of Kwik Save in Warrington, 13 July 2007 1959 Bought by Somerfield group 1998. Smaller stores sold to BTTF, after administration smaller stores became FreshXpress, Brand now owned by Costcutter Supermarker Group Ltd. 10 stores now open 2007 Smaller stores sold to BTTF and converted to FreshXpress, larger converted to Somerfield or leased to others by Somerfield
Laws Bought by Wm Low for £7.1 million Chain of supermarkets focused on North East England
Lennons Bought by Dee Group Part of Key Market. Rebranded part of Gateway chain when Dee took Gateway over
Liptons 1871 Bought by Allied Suppliers Converted to Presto or Lo-Cost stores
Lo-Cost Converted to Safeway.
Local Plus Bought by the Co-operative Group
Mac Fisheries Bought by Dee Group 1978 Wet fish shops closed
Mainstop Acquired by Morrisons 1981
Morning, Noon & Night Bought by Scotmid
Bought by Asda in 2010 for £778M from Dansk Supermarked Group. 147 stores were rebranded in 2011 as Asda local stores. The remaining 47 stores have been sold off to other companies such as Morrisons and new convenience store UGO and other retailers due to competition laws 2011 Was a no frills supermarket. On 30 September 2011, Netto UK ceased trading.
Normans supermarkets Bought by Plymco
Normid Rebranded Co-op Was owned by United Co-operatives
Norco Rebranded Co-op Aberdeen based co-operative society
One Stop Bought by Tesco, still exists today.
Premier Supermarkets Bought by Mac Fisheries 1965 Subsidiary of Express Dairies, opened UK's first supermarket in Streatham, South London in 1951.[2] Sold after losing out on purchase of Irwin's stores to Tesco
Presto 1977 After buying out Safeway, all stores were converted to Safeway. 1998
Quality Fare Bought by the Co-operative Group
Rainbow Discontinued, rebranded as parent Co-op
Richway Supermarkets Retail chain operating in South of England and the Isle of Wight
Safeway (UK) 1962 Bought by Morrisons 2005 Safeway Compact stores sold to Somerfield. Was still trading under Safeway in Channel Islands until becoming Waitrose in 2010.
Sainsbury's Savacentre 1977 Discontinued, Rebranded Sainsbury's 2005
7-Eleven Taken over by Budgens Convenience Store chain
Shop Rite 1972 Bought by Kwik Save, Still trades as ShopRite in the Isle of Man stocking a range of Waitrose & Iceland products as well as locally produced goods 1994 Discount supermarket chain
Somerfield 1865 Purchase agreed by the Co-operative Group on 16 July 2008 for £1.56bn; from 2009 many larger stores were sold off and smaller stores rebranded to The Co-operative Food [5] 2011
Stewarts Supermarket Limited Bought by Tesco ABF owned Northern Ireland group
Supernational Bought by Gateway
Templeton supermarkets 1880 Bought by Allied Suppliers then Argyll Group Scottish chain, rebranded as Presto
VG Bought by Alldays
Victor Value Bought by Tesco 1968/1986 Independent chain. Larger stores were rebranded as Tesco, remaining sold to Bejam in 1986
Walter Wilson
Wm Low Bought by Tesco Presence in Scotland and northern England

See also


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