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Ads for now-defunct Irish supermarkets

  • 14-09-2023 4:09pm
    Registered Users Posts: 246 ✭✭

    Just a trip down memory lane.

    Five Star - ads from 1965, 1970, 1976

    Five Star was taken over by Quinnsworth in 1979.

    Power Supermarkets - 1964, 1967, 1970

    Power Supermarkets bought Quinnsworth in 1972 and decided to use the Quinnsworth name after the takeover. Power Supermarkets remained the legal entity behind Quinnsworth until the Tesco takeover in 1997.

    Superquinn - 1970, 1982, 1993

    Founder Feargal Quinn sold out to Select Retail Holdings in 2005. Under their ownership, the chain collapsed in 2011. Bought by Musgaves, who rebranded all Superquinn stores as SuperValu in 2014.

    Roches Stores - 1966, 1997

    Roches Stores formed an alliance with Musgraves in 1998 whereby its nine supermarkets became Supervalu franchises. Over the following years, five of the supermarkets closed as Roches decided the space would be better used for non-food retail. In 2005, Roches decided to exit the grocery business entirely.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,437 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    Some of those Dublin H Williams branches must have been tiny, shows you what size a supermarket was in 1951.

    1 Ross(e) Street Stoneybatter is derelict now but its only a corner shop.

    25 Capel Street is even smaller, its a charity shop now

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,437 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    There was a small-ish Midlands chain of supermarkets, O'Briens, which all ended up closed or in the hands of Quinnsworth - but one by one rather than a full buyout as far as I can tell. The last two were Edenderry, sold in 1984 and Maynooth sold in 1987.

    Still a big enough chain to be advertising a car giveaway in 1983:

    There had been mention in local papers of plans for a 100th anniversary event in 1989 but they didn't have any supermarkets by then (still continued as an agri supplier for a bit).

    In the era of what we'd see as modern sized supermarkets they also had stores in Drogheda and Naas but they had loads more in midland towns in the slightly-big-normal-shop era.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 246 ✭✭supereurope

    I'd imagine many of those small H Williams stores didn't survive into the self-service supermarket age, which would have just been starting in the early 1950s. I suspect Capel St and Ross St were gone by the mid-1960s. 15 Lower Baggot Street is still a supermarket to this day, a Tesco Express. The Rathmines stores was on the site of where the Swan Centre is now.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 22,251 CMod ✭✭✭✭Pawwed Rig

    H William's in Raheny is now a Spervalu. Although the site has been developed somewhat the bones of the original structure are still there

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,260 ✭✭✭Trampas

    I remember crazy prices in crumlin shopping centre where quinnsworth was which ended up as tesco which is gone now

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,626 ✭✭✭thesandeman

    What was a turnover tax? It doesn't ring any bells at all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,613 ✭✭✭NewbridgeIR

    Great to see these. I worked in L&N 1987-1989. After school and at weekends. Late night shopping Thursday and Friday. Closed on Sunday. Great times.

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,988 ✭✭✭✭ohnonotgmail

    Renamed to VAT in 1972.

    Albert Gubay selling his stores not long after opening them was the way he did business. He liked setting them up but not so much the running of them. He had a history of doing that in the UK (he founded Kwik Save) and also new zealand.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,626 ✭✭✭thesandeman

    I remember in my local Five Star around 1970 one of the regular customers used to be an old woman who used bring a monkey in a cage with wheels around with her.

    Also, at Easter time Five Star used always have an incubator type thing with baby chickens in it just inside the front door.

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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,437 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    Five Star were originally owned by DE Willams, as in Tullamore Dew whiskey; random thing I noticed when looking up why there were so many different Quinnsworth sites in Ballyfermot on here before.

    Another large enough chain that made it in to the modern supermarket days was Liptons. Firm went in to liquidation in 1976 and there was no single buyer - there was a mix of small stores and modern supermarkets in shopping centres (Stillorgan for instance). Some of the ones I've tracked down are Tesco now but a lot seem to have ended up as independents or are gone. This address is the AIB and Paddy Power in Cabra for instance (and seems to have replaced a more traditional shop sized one at Doyles Corner)

    The idea of a supermarket chain going bust seems odd now but it happened to Superquinn and H Williams too.

    It actually looks like the chain was partially gutted before selling to an Irish owner - 15 stores to Five Guys and some other disposals in 1975 before the remaining 17 went to the owner that it failed under a year later.

  • Registered Users Posts: 246 ✭✭supereurope

    I was only ever in an L&N once - the one in Charleville back in the very early 90s. I can't really recall anything about it, other than the novelty of being in a "new" supermarket."

    I have a vague memory of being in a very big supermarket in Dublin when I was around 5 years old. All I recall was that it was very big, very cold and very cash-and-carry-like. My dad says he thinks it was a Gubay store but that's impossible as Gubay was gone before I was born. Based on the time (circa 1985) and the fact we went with my uncle and aunt who lived in Rathfarnham, I think it might have been the Tesco superstore in the Nutgrove.

    Liptons was split in two in 1975 - the bigger stores (13 of them) went to Five Star and a company called Checkout Holdings, owned by property developer Joe McMenamin, took over the remainder, the smaller Liptons shops. I think there were plans to relaunch the smaller stores under a new name, but as you said, they didn't last beyond a year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,626 ✭✭✭thesandeman

    There were only three in Galway before the arrival of Quinnsworth. Five Star and Liptons were two. I think the third might have been called MNC?

  • Registered Users Posts: 246 ✭✭supereurope

    I don't know Galway at all I'm afraid, but I think there was a supermarket there called GTM, which was the first in the city. Bought by Powers (before they bought Quinnsworth), but they didn't change the name and it continued to trade as GTM, at least until all Power supermarkets were rebranded as might have become a Quinnsworth at that point.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,626 ✭✭✭thesandeman

    👍 That's the one. I knew it had three letters in it 😃.

    Now I'm trying to remember what MNC was 🤔

  • Registered Users Posts: 426 ✭✭z80CPU
    Darth Randomer

    H Williams Collie Dollies Did you get yours?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,570 ✭✭✭pajor

    I remember the Garvey's SuperValu in Dungarvan still carrying the L&N branding inside, at the tail end of the 90s. I had never heard of it before then (I was 8 or 9 at the time).