Holland & Barrett
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Holland & Barrett is a chain of health food shops with over 700 stores in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Singapore and Malta. The company also has stores in The Netherlands, where they trade as "De Tuinen".
1870 Holland & Barrett was formed by Alfred Slapps Barrett and Major William Holland, who bought a grocery store and sold groceries and clothing.
1900s Alfred Slapps Barrett and Major William Holland developed their business into two shops – a grocery store and a clothing store.
1920s Alfred Button & Sons bought the grocery business of Holland and Barrett and kept the name Holland & Barrett.
1970 Booker McConnell, formerly "Booker", a large cash and carry business, acquired Holland and Barrett. (Booker also acquired Heath & Heather stores and renamed them to Holland and Barrett.)
1992 Lloydspharmacy acquired Holland and Barrett.
1997 NBTY acquired Holland & Barrett. Before they were bought out by The Carlyle Group, NBTY owned many well-known brands, including Solgar, Nature’s Bounty and Ester-C.
2010 The Carlyle Group, the US private equity group, agreed to buy NBTY in July 2010 for $55 a share, estimated to be about $3.4bn to $3.8bn.
UK health stores owned by The Carlyle Group
GNC stores (UK stores only). In 2003 Holland and Barrett bought the UK chain of stores, GNC, which they still own, although their North American holdings compete with GNC in the USA.
European health stores owned by The Carlyle Group
Nature's Way. The company also has nineteen "Nature's Way" stores in the Republic of Ireland, although some of these shops have been converted to Holland and Barrett but still trade under the existing "Nature's Way" brand.
All of Holland and Barretts's own brand vitamin and mineral supplements are made by the company itself.
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- 1870 - Holland & Barrett was formed by Alfred Slapps Barrett and Major William Holland, who bought a grocery store and sold groceries and clothing.
- 1900s - Alfred Slapps Barrett and Major William Holland developed their business into two shops – a grocery store and a clothing store.
- 1920s - Alfred Button & Sons bought the grocery business of Holland and Barrett and kept the name Holland & Barrett.
- 1920 - Heath & Heather was established by Samuel Ryder.
- 1970 - Holland and Barrett was acquired by Booker McConnell and renamed Holland & Barrett. (Booker also acquired Heath & Heather stores and renamed them to Holland and Barrett.)
- 1992 - Holland & Barrett was bought by Lloyds Pharmacy with a total of 181 stores.
- 1996 - Holland & Barrett opened its 400th store.
- 1996 - Holland & Barrett opened its 500th shop in Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne.
- 1997 - NBTY acquired Holland & Barrett.
- 2008 - Holland and Barrett acquired Julian Graves chain of health food shops.
- 2009 - Holland and Barrett announces major plans to build, and relocate to, a new £7.5m national headquarters for up to 250 staff at the Eliot Business Park in Nuneaton, planned for completion in 2010.
- 2009 - Holland & Barrett plans to close the Julian Graves warehouse and processing centre in Kingswinford in March.
- 2010 - The Carlyle Group, a US private equity group, agreed to buy NBTY in July 2010 for $55 a share.
They are often used by the vegan and vegetarian communities for their range of products, such as the Linda McCartney and Redwood ranges. Other communities with specific dietary needs, those who are lactose intolerant or gluten intolerant also buy from Holland and Barrett as they have a wide 'free-from' range including soya milk and gluten-free bread.
The company recently started its international expansion with franchising. The first three franchise stores opened in October 2008 in Durban, South Africa and the company currently has nine franchise stores operating in South Africa, all by the same franchisee. Singapore where the company currently has five franchise stores open and Malta with one store were added in 2009. The plan is to expand the Holland & Barrett brand globally with bigger country franchise partners and 2010 will see several country additions to the franchise business.
Holland & Barrett opened its first store in China on Nanjing Road in Shanghai in July 2012. The number of stores in the Chinese market is expected to rapidly expand to over 300 in 5 years.
From February 2012, Holland & Barrett in the UK were subject to adverse publicity; boycotts; and demonstrations at stores, due to their use of workfare participants. Until July 2012 there had been no corporate response or interaction via social media while their brand value was lowered due to the issue, which is seen as important by a substantial proportion of their customers. On 5 July 2012, Holland and Barrett announced it was pulling out of the scheme, citing the negative publicity. The Guardian reported that the company was "no longer prepared to face further bad press and in-store protests", attributing the change of mind to pressure from Solidarity Federation and Boycott Workfare - Holland & Barrett will "now pay all its workforce" and will "henceforth only take apprentices paid at the national rate of £2.60 an hour".
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