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Ward White

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Manufacturer of industrial footwear, then changed direction

1972 John White Footwear acquired George Ward Holdings, forming one of the largest footwear manufacturers in Western Europe[1]

1973 Acquired G. B. Britton and Sons[2]

1977 Also had an engineering division[3]

1978 Acquired another footwear maker, Betts and Broughton[4]

1982 Acquired Joseph Frisby, shoe retailer, which would be merged with the Wyles chain[5]

1984 Ward White acquired the Halfords chain of auto-parts suppliers[6]

1985 Acquired Owen Owen department stores[7].

1985 Acquired Maynards but sold the confectionery business[8] and other properties, leaving the 80 Zodiac toy shops[9]

1986 Acquired Payless DIY chain[10]

1986 Acquired LCP Holdings, which owned the Whitlock chain of auto-parts stores in USA[11]

1987 Sold its Focus footwear shops, 161 to Allebone and Sons and 133 to C. and J. Clark[12]

1987 Sold the LCP Construction business (Hickman Buildings and Civil Engineering, and Boswell (Contractors)) to its management[13]

1988 Sold its US chain of footwear stores and planned to sell the Zodiac toy stores[14]

1988 Acquired A. G. Stanley, chain of DIY shops[15]

1989 Acquired by Boots[16]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Nov. 6, 1972
  2. The Times Jul 4 1974
  3. The Times Sept. 24, 1977
  4. The Times Apr. 7, 1978
  5. The Times Oct. 28, 1982
  6. The Times Nov. 1, 1984
  7. The Times 29 Oct 1985
  8. The Times Dec. 20, 1985
  9. The Times May 5, 1986
  10. The Times Mar. 8, 1986
  11. The Times Dec. 19, 1986
  12. The Times May 13, 1987
  13. The Times Oct. 10, 1987
  14. The Times Feb. 2, 1988
  15. The Times June 2, 1988
  16. The Times Aug. 21, 1989