It was in 1851 that an ambitious young man, newly wed and with limited resources, opened his first small grocery shop in Scale Lane, Hull. Now, one hundred and fifty two years later the company has entered its third century of trading under the founders name of William Jackson. Throughout all these years, it has remained an independent family business, and, today, amongst other achievements, it has grown to become Britain's largest independant convenience store multiple.
Jacksons stores distinctive livery is becoming an increasingly familiar sight, with 114 outlets covering an area from Harrogate to Leicester and from the East Coast to Bradford and Halifax.
Apart from its thriving retail business - which helped pioneer the convenience store concept in Britain - William Jacksons also operates a major bakery providing sandwich bread to premium sandwich makers in the UK and Europe and other specialist products for the food service sector. The bakery is in Hull, as well as two frozen food factories producing a brand-leading range of products distributed nationally under the Aunt Bessie's label. Kwoks Foods, a new purpose built factory based near Grimsby a leading supplier of chilled oriental ready meals to the retail sector has helped to boost the payroll of this dynamic group to something in excess of 3,000 people.
Wide experience in refurbishments and new store openings in recent years has given Jackson's development team the means to create an operational model based on an extremely high level of amenity. From the external impact of signage and graphics through to the spacious, air conditioned comfort of a modern store interior, the store designer's inventory has examined every detail.
Having grown from a single gas-lit shop on a Victorian street, Jacksons Stores can rightly claim to be leading the way for convenience shoppers - a fact perfectly demonstrated in the year 2000 when the company's Princes Avenue Store in Hull won the Top Shop Convenience Store of the Year Award.