Most towns in the Tayside region had at least one large William Low store and it had branches throughout Scotland, , and. Prior to this, there were only around 17 Tesco branches in Scotland. In 1976, Wm Low had a total of 205,000 sq ft 19,000 m 2 of floor space which by 1984 had become 446,000 sq ft 41,400 m 2. In 1985, however, Wm Low was successful in the takeover of Laws Stores at a cost of £7. As a group it was smaller than most of its competitors and often served small towns, although it still had several large supermarkets, including two in Dundee, and two in Perth. Takeovers and Mergers In 1984, Wm Low attempted but failed to take over Hintons, which later becoame part of.
Who then closed the store down, with the loss of dozens and dozens of jobs, leaving the area with no proper supermarket. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U. Less people coming to shop in the area. Distribution Centres The Wm Low warehouse in Gateshead was closed in March 1995. At one stage, the company also ran a chain of frozen food stores known as Lowfreeze.
Wm Low in Perth Victoria St branch lay empty for almost a decade before half of the premises being refitted and operated as a Matalan Store and the other half what used to be the supermarket warehouse now a store selling floor coverings and livingroom furniture. Sourced from Scottish Business Insider, January editions 1991-1998 inc and 2000-2004 inc. Which use to go wrong quite often. As a group it was smaller than most of its competitors and often served small towns, although it still had several large stores, including two in Dundee, and two in Perth. Her wifely reward for years of husband tholing Oh the luxury, a la mode, oh the feel Of the fur, rippling along her thighs! Wm Low Keith became The Original Factory Shop, Wm Low remained empty until it was demolished in 2014. Supermarket sweep Tesco proved adept at introducing a range of innovative new shopping services to entice customers. The site is currently derelict.
Store portfolio The following is a list of Wm Low stores in existence immediately prior to the takeover by Tesco. Due to the fact that the meat was sliced using a communal deli slicer, approximately 500 people were diagnosed in Aberdeen in 1964 with suspected typhoid. Wm Low attempted to take over Budgens, a move described by Budgens as a friendly merger and had looked to be a done deal. Expansion into the north of England was a priority, with the £12 million, 30,000 sq ft 2,800 m 2 store opening in 1993. R Spicer Company Secetary - H. Market share Wm Low was one of the market leaders in Scotland in terms of market share, which was 7.
William Rettie's grandson, Philip, joined the company in 1948, becoming managing director in 1958 and chairman in 1980. Sainsbury's chief executive, Dino Adriano, is determined to salvage something from the wreckage. Although the vast majority of old Wm Low stores have now been replaced with all-new stores, as of December 2006 some branches retaining some Wm Low format fixtures e. In 1985, Wm Low took over Laws Stores at a cost of £7. England Consett, Driffield, Gateshead Rowlands Gill , Goole, Ilkeston, Jesmond, Loughborough, Northallerton, Sleaford, Thirsk, Whitehaven, Workington.
While other groups fell into financial difficulties as they struggled to cope with the threat of new cut-price European discounters, Sainsbury's continued to pick up market share. These were ultimately launched as Tesco's but had been planned by Wm Low. In 1976, Wm Low had a total of 205,000 sq ft 19,000 m 2 of floor space which by 1984 had become 446,000 sq ft 41,400 m 2. J Sainsbury's uncharacteristically aggressive response suggests it agrees. Sainsbury's was forced to make an embarrassing U-turn and introduce its own loyalty card when the Clubcard became a roaring success. Amid huge publicity for price cuts on over 500 items, customers took their sleeping bags to await the opening of the store and claim their hamper, and flowers.
John Apthorp explains that he could not see the idea going ahead as Wm Low were losing market share and the store portfolio did not lend itself well to the possibility of conversions to freezer centre formats. Expansion into the north and midlands of England was a priority, with the £12 million, 30,000 sq ft 2,800 m 2 store opening in 1993. At home they called me Billy, but most folks call. R Spicer Company Secetary - H. The former Wm Low store in , , was taken over by , but this was relocated to a larger site on Boothferry Road in the late 1990s. The site is currently as of December 2013, a fairly large charity shop.
Analysis at the time suggested that the Sainsbury bid was possibly a spoiler tactic as opposed to a serious takeover attempt. This was the company's foray into direct competition with Sainsbury. The accuracy of his forecasts is still the subject of substantial debate. Wm Low Dundee Lochee has now become after Tesco relocated to Dundee South Road. The store was split into four units and is now home to a branch of and with the other two units being empty. The former Wm Low stores in and have now become branches of , Wm Low became , whilst Wm Low became.