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Booths Kendal

Booths Kendal
Address: Wainwright's Yard, Stricklandgate,
Town: Kendal
Postcode: LA9 4DP
Telephone: 01539 742370
Website: http://www.booths.co.uk
Type: Supermarkets
Description
Tea dealer Edwin Henry Booth, then aged 19 years, opened

The China House in Blackpool 160 years ago, having borrowed

£80 in goods from the Preston grocer who had taught him his trade.

Just three months later he repaid the debt and made a profit of £50.

As he extended his stock he became even more successful, always

searching for the best goods he could find… a search that took him

to France in 1855 and to the discovery of Count Simon’s French

coffee a product that was sold in our stores until recently.


Under his eldest son John’s leadership the stores were enlarged and

cafés were added in 1902. Not surprisingly the developing café society

helped this activity to become more fashionable, especially in

the seaside resorts.


John Booth recognised the enthusiasm of staff by offering all the assistants a

bonus on company profits and in 1920 the staff were invited to become shareholders in this private company.


Changes in the licensing laws allowed him to move into the wines and spirits trade in 1863, and new branches of EH Booth & Company were opened in Lytham in 1879 and Blackburn in 1884.


Edwin Booth's philosophy was simple


Sell the best goods available, in attractive stores, staffed with first class assistants.


A philosophy which remains to this day