Safeway PLC History

6 Millington Road
Middlesex UB3 4AY
United Kingdom

Telephone: 44 20 8848 8744
Fax: 44 20 8573 1865

Public Company
Incorporated: 1977 (as James Gulliver Associates)
Employees: 92,000 (2001 est.)
Sales: £9.4 billion (US$14.4 billion) (2001)
Stock Exchanges: London
Ticker Symbol: SFW
NAIC: 445110 Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores

Company Perspectives:

We believe that building sustainable advantage over our competitors can only be done through Safeway people. We are creating a business culture in which our people are passionate about our products, our stores and everything we do; have an unbreakable will to compete, and; have the skills, knowledge and resources to do their best, every day.

Key Dates:

Argyll Group PLC established.
Purchased 133 U.K. Safeway stores from Safeway Stores, Inc. in the UnitedStates.
Safeway launches aggressive growth program, converting Presto stores to Safeways.
Safeway celebrates 30 years in the United Kingdom.
Company split into Safeway, and Lo-Cost and Presto divisions.
Symbol Personal Shopping System with hand-held scanners appears in superstores.
Near merger with Asda.
Carlos Criado-Perez comes to Safeway from Wal-Mart.
Safeway web site launched.
Online shopping Internet ventures ended.

Company History:

Further Reading:

  • "1999 and All That," Super Marketing, December 17, 1999, p. 15.
  • Andrew, Don, "Jousting for The Crown," Super Marketing, September 25, 1992.
  • "Argyll Expands on Record Profits," Super Marketing, May 29, 1992, p. 8.
  • "Argyll Splits Retail Operations," Super Marketing, March 12, 1993, p. 12.
  • "Is Safeway Falling Too Far Behind?," Marketing, May 23, 2002, p. 17.
  • Lewis, Fiona, "Safeway Follows the Leader," Management Today, March 1997, p. 38.
  • "Safeway Speeds Up Expansion," Super Marketing, May 24, 1991, p. 10.
  • "Streamlined Safeway," Super Marketing, May 26, 1995, p. 5.
  • "Surfing USA; Tesco and Safeway Online: Tesco and Safeway Team Up Online," The Economist, June 30, 2001, p. 5.
  • "Tesco Won't Top Us, Insists Safeway," The Grocer, September 2, 1995, p. 69.
  • Wedbale, Jonathan, "Safeway's Online Plans Falter as Poster's Buys Wine Partner," New Media Age, August 23, 2001, p. 2.
  • Weiss, Todd R., "Safeway Turns to British Counterpart for Online Help," Computerworld, July 16, 2001, p. 39.

Source: International Directory of Company Histories, Vol. 50. St. James Press, 2003.