Do you know your store names and what they mean?

Asda, Tesco and Ikea all stand for some­thing. Do you know what?

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

MANY of the ev­ery­day stores in re­tail parks and on the high street are house­hold names.

Asda, Tesco, Ikea and H&M need lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion or ex­pla­na­tion as to what they sell.

How­ever, do you know what their names ac­tu­ally stand for?

Here is a run down of a few of the bet­ter known ones.

Tesco - T E Skock­well and Jack Co­hen

Tesco was founded in 1919 by Jack Co­hen as a group of mar­ket stalls. The Tesco name first ap­peared in 1924, af­ter Co­hen pur­chased a ship­ment of tea from T. E. Stock­well and com­bined those ini­tials with the first two let­ters of his sur­name, and the first Tesco store opened in 1931 in Burnt Oak, Bar­net. His busi­ness ex­panded rapidly and by 1939 he had over 100 Tesco stores across the coun­try.

Asda - As­so­ci­ated Daries

Asda has its head­quar­ters in Leeds, West York­shire.

The com­pany was founded in 1965 when the su­per­mar­ket own­ing Asquith fam­ily merged with the As­so­ci­ated Dairies com­pany of York­shire. It ex­panded in to the south of Eng­land dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s. It be­came a sub­sidiary of the Amer­i­can re­tail cor­po­rate gi­ant Wal­mart af­ter a £6.7 bil­lion takeover in July 1999.

asos - As Seen On Screen

The global fash­ion brand and on­line mega­s­tore started life in 1999 as a sup­plier of un­branded clothes to celebri­ties on TV and the idea was peo­ple could find clothes and ac­ces­sories they had seen celebs wear­ing.

Be­fore long peo­ple started re­fer­ring to AsSeenOnScreen as ASOS and in late 2000 the do­main name www.asos. com was bought.

B&M - Billing­ton and May­man

Bar­gains and More would re­ally suf­fice but it ac­tu­ally stands for Billing­ton & May­man as it was set up by Mal­colm Billing­ton but short­ened to B&M for Bar­gain Mad­ness.

Set up in 1978 - Billing­ton re­mained the com­pany di­rec­tor un­til 1996.

B&Q - Block & Quayle Block & Quayle ac­tu­ally sound a like a deep house duo who will do a 6-hour b2b set in room 2 at The Ware­house Project.

Richard Block and David Quayle are the founders of B&Q. Their joint busi­ness ven­ture be­gan af­ter they pur­chased and fit­ted out a former fur­ni­ture ware­house in a Southamp­ton sub­urb. The duo soon short­ened the brand to B&Q as stock de­liv­ery notes and in­voices were al­ready un­of­fi­cially ab­bre­vi­at­ing the name. mens and Au­gust Bren­ninkmei­jer in 1841 as a Dutch tex­tile com­pany be­fore mov­ing into clothes in the 1900s.

H&M - Hennes & Mau­ritz

H&M is Swedish and was founded all the way back in 1947, although back then it was just known as Hennes.

Orig­i­nally the store sold ex­clu­sively women’s cloth­ing but when hunt­ing ap­parel re­tailer Mau­ritz Wid­forss was ac­quired, menswear was also in­cluded. The first UK store opened in Lon­don in 1976 - this was also the first store to be built out­side of Scan­di­navia.

HSBC - The Hong Kong and Shang­hai Bank­ing Cor­po­ra­tion

Houses, Shoes, Boats and Cars are just some of the things you can buy if you take out a gi­ant loan at HSBC but sadly that is not what it stands for.

HSBC was ac­tu­ally founded by a Scots­man called Sir Thomas Suther­land in Hong Kong in 1865.

Back then Hong Kong was still a Bri­tish colony. HSBC ben­e­fited from the start of trad­ing into China.

It wasn’t un­til the mil­len­nium that HSBC ex­panded into con­ti­nen­tal Europe af­ter the ac­qui­si­tion of Credit Comer­cial de France. the UK in the 80s.

The Elm­taryd in IKEA is the farm where Kam­prad grew up and the A stands for his home­town of Agun­naryd.

Lego - Leg Godt Lego is a Dan­ish com­pany which gets its name from the Dan­ish say­ing ‘leg godt’ which trans­lates to ‘play well’’ in English - which would make it a port­man­teau re­ally, rather than an acro­nym and ini­tial­ism.

Car­pen­ter Ole Kirk Chris­tiansen birthed The Lego Group in his work­shop in 1932.

In 1934 it be­came known sim­ply as ‘Lego’. Lego toys were orig­i­nally wooden but pro­duc­tion of plas­tic toys be­gan in 1947.

The mod­ern Lego brick de­sign was patented in Jan­uary 1958. Lego is cur­rently Brand Fi­nance’s “world’s most pow­er­ful brand”.

Odeon - Os­car Deutsch Entertains Our Na­tion

Hinck­ley did have an Odeon Cin­ema for many years in The Bor­ough. It opened in 1913 and closed in 1961.

The first Odeon cin­ema was opened by Os­car Deutsch in 1928, in Bri­er­ley, Stafford­shire.

QVC - Qual­ity Value Con­ve­nience

Prob­a­bly the eas­i­est to guess as it sums up the ser­vice the shop­ping IKEA - Ing­var Kam­chan­nel pro­vides. prad Elm­taryd AgunAlthough it can be naryd ar­gued that in 2017 the C&A - Cle­mens and Set up in 1943 by a in­ter­net is much more Au­gust 17-year-old Ing­var Kam­con­ve­nient than hav­ing to

C&A ar­guably has a rep­prad in Almhult, Swe­den ob­serve a TV chan­nel uta­tion for be­ing Cheap as a mostly mail-or­der wait­ing for a deal to pop up.andAw­ful­butC&Astill­sales­busi­ness. has many re­tail stores in It was not un­til af­ter the QVC was set up by Europe de­spite there Sec­ond World War that it Joseph Segel in Penn­sylv­abeing none left in the UK be­gan to sell fur­ni­ture. nia in 1986 and it now any­more af­ter the last The first phys­i­cal store broad­casts to over 350 closed in 2001. opened in Almhult in 1958 mil­lion house­holds in

The com­pany was be­fore ex­pand­ing to seven coun­tries across the founded by broth­ers Cle- Europe in the 1970s and globe.

The Tesco Ex­press store on Lon­don Road, Hinck­ley

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