Corporate information

Our story is one of success, growth and development

We are proud of our history, our staff and our achievement of serving people with high quality, low priced groceries. Our first store opened in 1979 on Holderness Road in Hull and proved to be an immediate success with local people. Further stores were opened in quick succession throughout Hull and the East Riding and then further afield in Lincolnshire and South and North Yorkshire.

A new era

In February 2003 the Company changed hands, but remained a family business and was acquired by the present management team.

We now trade from over 250 stores, employ over 3000 people and are constantly striving to expand and spread our message of quality and value throughout the country.

Heron Foods was ranked twelfth by turnover in The Grocer magazine’s survey of the top fifty independent grocery retailers (The Grocer magazine 13th March 2014) based on turnover in the year to 31st March 2014.

In 2009 we moved away from our ageing cold store and warehouse operation in West Hull to a purpose built facility measuring 270,000 square feet at Melton in East Yorkshire, just to the West of Hull, which has been designed to enable the Company to continue with its ambitious growth plans.

1979

1979

1979

First shop corner off Field Street Holderness Road

1980

1980

Gillett Street cold store opens

1983

1983

1983

Neptune Street cold store opens

1986

1986

1986

Head Office relocated to Walcott Street

1988

1988

Reached 15 stores, first 18 ton fully liveried HGV delivered

1989

1989

July, turnover reaches £100,000 per week

1991

1991

November, ambient grocery turnover reaches £100,000 per week

1992

1992

1992

December, opened 30th store in Hornsea, customers reach 100,000 per week

1993

1993

February, turnover reaches £300,000 per week

1995

1995

March, acquire first 3 stores in the North East of England from Quayside

1996

1996

April, turnover reaches £500,000 per week

1998

1998

April, acquire 10 Snow City stores in Manchester and Liverpool area from Yearsleys, total stores 71, turnover reaches £1,000,000 per week

1999

1999

June, acquire 16 First Freeze stores in the Newcastle Area, company reaches 102 stores

2000

2000

First 44 ton articulated HGV acquired

2002

2002

2002

Company now employs 1,000 people, serving 500,000 customers per week

2003

2003

Malcolm Heuck retires, management buyout by Michael, David and Andrew Heuck

2006

2006

2006

Turnover reaches £2,000,000 per week

2009

2009

2009

September, company move to purpose built distribution centre at Melton, East Yorkshire

2012

2012

2012

September, acquisition of 53 Cooltrader Stores from Iceland

2015

2015

2015

New Endike store opens

2017

2017

2017

Our 250th store opens in the Merrion Centre in Leeds

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