|Former type||Private company, Subsidiary|
|Successor(s)||The Dee Corporation|
|Headquarters||Welwyn Garden City, UK|
|Key people||James Gulliver, (Chairman 1967 - 1972)|
|Parent||Associated British Foods 1963 - 1985|
|Subsidiaries||Melias, Shoppers Paradise|
The company started as a single supermarket in Brighton in 1956. It was one of a series of convenience store chains established in the 1950s, the others being Premier and Victor Value. By 1962 it had 200 shops.
In 1986, ABF sold the company to The Dee Corporation (subsequently known as Somerfield). Following this, all Dee Corporation's newly acquired stores were rebranded as Gateway or closed, and the Fine Fare name had disappeared by the end of the 1980s.
Fine Fare was perhaps most notable for its sponsorship of the Scottish Football League which commenced for the 1985-86 season (beginning August 1985) to the 1987-88 season (which ended in May 1988, around the same time that the last Fine Fare stores closed).
Fine Fare's depots were at Welwyn Garden City (Hertfordshire), East Kilbride (Lanarkshire), Washington (Tyne & Wear), Cheadle Hulme (Stockport), Hucknall (Nottingham), Tuffley (Gloucester) and Aylesford (Kent). Shoppers Paradise only depots were at East Kilbride (Lanarkshire), Weedon (Northampton), Stevenage (Hertfordshire) and Alton (Hampshire). Washington also held stocks of non-food items for national distribution. The company conducted a short series of advertisements featuring actor Gordon Jackson (best known as Mr Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs).
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