9 thoughts on “From Hintons to Sainsburys

  1. Does anyone remember the store on Dovecot Street. I’m am trying to piece together the Lenham-MacIntyre family connection. Vera MacIntyre married a John Lenham in 1950. She worked at Hintons and had a company car so must have been high up in the hierarchy. He died in 1954. When was he born?


  2. Amos Hinton & Sons plc was founded by Mr Amos Hinton in Middlesbrough in 1871, when he bought John Birks’ shop in South Street, Middlesbrough (South Street was the long street which ran uphill from the railway station crossing to the Middlesbrough market) By 1919, the business had expanded to seven stores, the best known of which was situated opposite Middlesbrough Town Hall. In later years Hinton’s purchased Winterschladen, a chain of off licences.

    In 1984, the company was acquired by Argyll Foods for £25 million pounds. At that time, the company traded from fifty-five stores and thirty off licences. The head office had moved to Thornaby-on-Tees former RAF aerodrome area that had been converted to warehousing. While Hinton’s continued to trade as Hintons for a short while, before being converted to stores of Presto. The Winterschladen name continued to be used on the off licences for many years until those stores were eventually sold and became Victoria Wine stores.

    Footnotes: The man who started it all, Amos Hinton began work the hard way as an apprentice at the age of 15. He worked in Waltham Cross for two years before moving to Batley, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, his stay in Batley was only brief and in 1862 he moved to Middlesbrough, where he became an assistant to Mr John Birks, who had established a grocery business in South Street three years previously. Mr Hinton stayed two years with Mr Birks, b u t he was keen to gain more experience and spent two years in London, where he studied the provision trade in more detail. In 1866 he returned to Middlesbrough and two years later entered into a partnership with Mr Birks, and in 1868 the name of Hinton was seen on a Middlesbrough grocery shop for the first time.

    A plaque in honour of Amos Hinton was unveiled by his great-grandson, Patrick Hinton, at the HSBC Bank, in Corporation Road, in Middlesbrough, on Friday. Mr Hinton founded the chain of grocery stores which bore his name, opening his first shop in St Hilda’s. He purchased the shop in Corporation Road, where the plaque is now sited, in 1890. The Hinton Court Nursing home was built in 1988 with significant financial support from the Hinton family; founder in the 1880s, of the Hinton family grocery empire, Mr Amos Hinton was the town’s mayor for many years.



      Sainsbury’s was established in 1869, when John James Sainsbury and his wife Mary Ann opened a shop at 173 Drury Lane, London. Sainsbury started as a retailer of fresh foods and packaged groceries such as tea and sugar, a sign outside his first proclaimed “Quality perfect, prices lower”. By the time John Sainsbury died in 1928, there were over 128 shops. He was replaced by his eldest son, John Benjamin Sainsbury. The founder’s grandsons Alan Sainsbury (later Lord Sainsbury) and Sir Robert Sainsbury became joint managing directors in 1938, after their father, John Benjamin Sainsbury retired. . The Second World War was a difficult time for Sainsbury’s, as most of its shops were trading in the London area and were bombed or damaged. Food was rationed, and one particular shop in East Grinstead was so badly damaged that it had to move to the local church, while a new one was built.

      During the 1950s and 1960s, Sainsbury’s was a keen early adopter of self-service supermarkets. Alan Sainsbury realised the benefits of self-service shops and believed the future of Sainsbury’s was self-service supermarkets, with the added bonus of a car park for extra convenience. Another diversification took place in 1979 when Sainsbury’s formed a joint venture to set up a chain of do-it-yourself shops under the Homebase name. For much of the 20th century, Sainsbury’s had been the market leader in the supermarket sector, but in 1995, it lost the number one position to Tesco, the ‘stack it high and sell it cheap firm; founded by Jack Cohan, a London market trader, and stallholder.


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