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Tea and Produce Merchants, of Mitre Square, London, E.C.
1876 Company founded by Hudson Ewbanke Kearley to import tea
1878 Began retailing own products at a shop in Brentford
1880 Began supplying other provisions to retailers
1887 The company became known as Kearley and Tonge
By 1890 had 200 branches known as International Stores.
1895 Incorporated as a Limited Company.
1895 International Tea Company's Stores was formed for acquiring and extending the wholesale tea, provision and food produce importers of Messrs Kearley and Tonge including their 200 stores in various parts of the country