A Yorkshire-based food retailer, we’ve grown from a market stall in Bradford to one of the UK’s leading supermarkets.
William Morrison opens a stall at Bradford Market
Our story began when egg and butter merchant William Morrison started our business with a market stall. He’s inspired us ever since to innovate and lead the way in supermarket retailing.
We open our 1st supermarket
'Victoria', our first supermarket opens in Bradford. The former cinema offers free parking and 5,000 sq ft of retail space, selling fresh meat, greengrocery and other provisions.
We expand beyond Bradford
After taking over Whelan Stores, Morrisons operates in Lancashire for the first time.
We begin fresh food production
The Farmers Boy purpose-built fresh food factory begins trading as a wholly owned subsidiary of Morrisons.
Our new purpose-built distribution centre opens
Our first distribution centre at Wakefield 41 (close to the M1), goes into operation.
Morrisons joins FTSE 100
After a 35-year record of sales and profit growth since going public in 1967 - we join the FTSE 100 for the first time.
Safeway joins our family
Morrisons completes the takeover of Safeway, creating the UK's 4th largest supermarket group. To better serve our customers we also acquire a fresh produce packhouse and distribution centre at Thrapston in Northamptonshire.
Morrisons acquires Rathbone bakery
We save 400 jobs by acquiring Rathbone and three factories in Middlesbrough, Lydney and Wigan.
We move to our new Head Office
Staying true to our roots our 1,500 Head Office colleagues move into our new 331,000 sq ft building in Thornbury, Bradford.
Our flower offer blooms
We acquire Flower World in Derby to become the supermarket of choice for fresh flowers.
We become the 1st retailer to have our own seafood factory
We launch our own seafood manufacturing business in Grimsby to provide our customers with fresh fish at affordable prices.
‘Employer of the Year’ 4 years running
We’re named ‘Employer of the Year’ for the 4th time in a row at The Grocer’s Gold Awards.
Match and More
Our innovative points-based card initiative promises to price match Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl.
David Potts becomes our Chief Executive.
David has more than 40 years’ experience in grocery retailing.
We partner up with Amazon
Amazon and Morrisons extend partnership to launch same day delivery service.
Carnoustie potato packing plant opens
Morrisons add a new potato packing plant to our manufacturing sites with our Carnoustie site in Scotland, where we sort over 10 different varieties of potatoes from baby potatoes all the way to Maris Pipers.
Retail Industry Awards
In 2018 we were crowned Supermarket of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards - described as the biggest Award in Retail.