Shoe Zone Group

Claiming to sell 60 pairs of shoes every minute at an average price of about £8.50, the Leicester-based company keeps bargain-hunters coming to its more than 800 stores throughout Britain and Ireland. The company has benefited from the downturn, purchasing distressed competitors Shoefayre and Stead & Simpson last year, and this year the chain is refitting 90 of its stores. Sales hit an annualised £233.2m in 2008, under chief executive Anthony Smith.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank143
CompanyShoe Zone Group
ActivityShoe retailer
LocationLeicester
Sales £m†233.2
Operating profit £m†7.9
Main shareholdersAnthony Smith (47%), Charles Smith (38%), Michael Smith (15%)
Staff6,406
Founded1917
Websitewww.shoezone.com

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda