We are proud to celebrate our 1000th store
We are proud to celebrate the launch of our 1000th store which is opening in Wolverhampton on Friday 17th February the same city where we started our journey as a simple market stall, nearly half a century ago. This year we are proud to be recognised with several industry awards including 2022 ‘Convenience Retailer of the Year’ at the Retail Industry Awards.
To celebrate we have a whole host of activities planned, we are giving away free loaves of bread for customers* as well as launching other special offers. In addition, we are also giving away £10,000 to up to ten local community groups in the Wolverhampton area.
As a community retailer, we have always strived to give back to those who have supported our journey. Therefore, each community group will receive a donation of £1,000. For example, Promise Dreams will use the funding to continue their work of granting wishes for terminally ill children. Also, St Alban’s Church will use the grant to support their local food bank.
Let’s take a look back at our history
Our humble beginnings were started by Kevin Threlfall in 1975 as a market stall in Wolverhampton. After five years as a ‘pop up’ shop Threlfall opened his first permanent store ‘Supercigs’ and then joined forces with David Lockett-Smith to become co-founder of ‘T & S Stores’.
The popularity of newsagents gained speed in the 80s and through several acquisitions, T & S gained household names including Dillons and Day + Nite and rapidly grew. In 2002, Tesco purchased T&S convenience stores, Dillons and Supercigs, changing to the brand ‘One Stop’, as we are known today, and our success continued to gain momentum.
Tesco, a business founded originally in 1919, said the acquisition would increase its presence in “neighbourhoods across the country” and bolster its share of a growing market in urban areas. A savvy move as our continued expansion has been constant with the franchise division starting in 2014. We have invested £5 million in this portfolio (of 300 stores) alone.
Today, we continue to make great strides within the convenience sector, with a number of ‘firsts’ including the first grocery retailer available on the three leading delivery platforms of ‘Deliveroo’, ‘Just Eats’ and ‘Uber Eats’ taking our place amongst top name ‘food to go’ and delivery brands.
Our ‘Own Label’ products have gained considerable momentum throughout the rise of our brand and we recently launched the ‘Selected by Tesco’ credential. This further drives awareness that it is the home for fresh, quality products that are honestly priced and taps directly into what customers are looking for.
£10,000 worth of community donations
To mark the day, we’re giving away £10,000 to up to ten local community groups in the Wolverhampton area. As a community retailer, we have always strived to give back to those who have supported our journey. Therefore, each community group will receive a donation of £1,000.
St Albans Foodbank
Currently they are supported with small donations from another One Stop, however the new store will be closer as they are currently moving premises and need more support.
Perry Hall Primary
The school have a Mother’s Day and summer event planned this year, additional funding would support there aims greatly and ensure it was a low cost/cost free event.
Pool Hayes Academy
They are looking at using a space to develop a sensory garden that would enable them to be sustainable in the sense they can use and sell what they produce.
Wednesfield Scout Group
Would use funding to improve and increase current activities available, they potentially reach around 300 locals.
Funding would be used to continue their work of Granting wishes for terminally ill children.
Wednesfield Baby Bank
Funding would be used towards extra storage space, currently using a cupboard in a church, need is outgrowing the space.
Residential home for dementia. They would like to use funding to put on a summer fete for residents and families, not been able to do this since before Pandemic.
Hands on Wednesfield
Looking for funding to support them with Wednesfield in bloom and the annual canal festival.
Lanes Girls Football Club
Looking for funding to support and kit out the new girl’s teams they have.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation
Will use the funding for sporting activities and workshops for 30 children, 2 pediatric first aid courses for parents as well as donating 1,000 meals worth of food.
Check out our 1000th store special offers
*One Stop has worked in partnership with Warburtons to offer a free loaf of bread to customers as part of the celebration. Coupons will be offered through some of the leading UK newspapers and customers will be able to redeem these on Saturday 18th February via the coupon in their local One Stop store. While stocks last, subject to availability.