Early Days

Food and grocery shopping has changed dramatically since Messrs Waite, Rose and Taylor opened their first shop in Acton in 1904.  These pages show some of these changes and the businesses and people who were part of the development of Waitrose until the advent of the supermarket in 1955.

Page link: Bees and Tees
Bees and Tees
Acquisition of small food chains
Page link: Henry Kingham and Sons
Henry Kingham and Sons
A Short History of Kinghams
Page link: Henry Kingham and Sons Ltd
Henry Kingham and Sons Ltd
Acquisition of small food chains
Page link: Mr Waite's MBE
Mr Waite's MBE
Championing Empire products
Page link: Mr Waite's style of marketing
Mr Waite's style of marketing
Around the dinner table
Page link: My memories of working for Mr Waite
My memories of working for Mr Waite
Violet Oliver (formerly Taylor)
Page link: Schofield and Martin
Schofield and Martin
Acquisition of small food chains
Page link: Self-Service
Self-Service
The transition to a self-service age
Page link: The first Head Offices
The first Head Offices
Before Bracknell
Page link: Waite Rose and Taylor
Waite Rose and Taylor
How the Waitrose name came about
Page link: Waitrose Wine Departments
Waitrose Wine Departments
Early Development
Page link: Windows onto the world
Windows onto the world
Waitrose displays before World War II
Category link: Waitrose at War
Waitrose at War
Keeping calm and carrying on