William Morrison (businessman)

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William Matthew Morrison (1875–1956) was the founder of the business which would, after his death, become the Morrisons supermarket chain.


Brought up in Bradford, William Morrison started selling eggs and butter on a wholesale basis in 1899.[1] Shortly afterwards he opened a stall in Bradford and then others in nearby towns.[1] He opened his first proper stores in the 1920s - but still only in the Bradford area.[1]

His son Ken Morrison took over as Chairman in 1956 following William's death.[1]