When Did Asda First Start Retailing?


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Florent Lefortier Profile
Asda, the British supermarket chain, can be traced back to 1949, when it formed (in Leeds) as Associated Dairies & Farm Stores Limited.

The History of Asda
  • The name “Asda” wasn’t used until 1965, when Associated Dairies & Farm Stores Limited merged with Asquith. The company name comes from blending “Asquith” with “Dairies”.
  • In the early days, most of the Asda stores were located in the north of England, but they spread south in 1989 by buying their rival chain, Gateway Superstores, for £705 milion. 
  • After this, Asda started expanding a bit too fast, and tried to cover too much ground at once. Because of this, the beginning of the ‘90s was difficult for the company.
  • Archie Norman – a man who would go on to become a Conservative MP – became involved in the leadership of the company in 1991, and helped them out of a financial tight-spot by modelling the company on the American retail giant Wal-Mart.
  • In 1999, Wal-Mart actually bought Asda, paying a mighty £6.7 billion for the company.
  • Asda continues to expand at a rapid pace, mainly by buying out their competition. A good example of this is the purchasing and re-branding of all Netto stores - turning them into Asda stores - that took place in 2010.
Stewart Pinkerton Profile
Under the name 'ASDA', 1965, but the core business can be traced back to the 1920s, with the 'Associated Dairies' name first being used in 1949.

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