James Hall opened his bacon-cutting business in Southport, Lancashire, in 1863. He soon began supplying other local retailers, laying the foundations of a wholesale distribution business that supplies fresh, frozen and chilled goods to 450 Spar convenience stores in northern England. Now run by fourth-generation family members, brothers Ian and Andrew Hall, the company also provides goods to the armed services. It plans to move into a new 500,000 sq ft distribution depot and office complex in 2010, costing £30m. In 2007 sales rose to £333.5m.

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Company details
CompanyJames Hall & Co
ActivityGrocery wholesaler
Sales £m333.5
Operating profit £m9.4
Main shareholdersHall family (100%)

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