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Fact File

The Company 
• Julian Graves is the UK’s leading speciality food retailer for nuts, seeds, dried fruit, snacks, confectionery, cooking and baking ingredients, kitchen and cookware, food supplements, bodycare products and herbs and spices
• There are currently 300 stores across the UK and Ireland, located in high streets, shopping centres, malls and villages and factory outlets. There are also concessions in garden centres and department stores.
• Julian Graves is midway through an aggressive expansion plan to increase store numbers to 350 by the end of 2007
• Selected Julian Graves stores are branded Experience and have chrome and black interiors with themed areas, each reflecting the region of the world from where products have been sourced
• The company’s head office, factory and warehouse facilities are based in Kingswinford, West Midlands. Its factory shop is also based there.
• The company employs nearly 1,300 people and has a turnover of £50 million
• Julian Graves works closely with celebrity chef Lesley Waters to devise new recipes using its products and ingredients

Historical Milestones
• Julian Graves Ltd was started in 1987 by entrepreneur Nick Shutts, now its managing director
• Nick originally ran a market stall in Moreton-in-Marsh, selling traditional baking products such as dried fruits, nuts and glacé cherries
• After building up to 12 stalls, he opened a shop in Brierley Hill High Street, West Midlands, to provide space for packaging and distributing the ever growing range
• The shop was called ‘Food for Thought’
• It was renamed Julian Graves in 1993 after Nick went into partnership with longtime friend Nigel Morris
• The name came from combining their middle names – Julian (Nick’s) Graves (Nigel’s)
• Other stores followed and by 2001, there were a further 85 outlets
• In 2001, Julian Graves won Retail Week’s prestigious ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award


• In 2003, the company was acquired by Icelandic retail investment group Baugur for £14m
• In December 2004, Julian Graves acquired the award winning Bedfordshire-based coffee company, Boaters
• In January 2006, Julian Graves, as part of a consortium, bought specialist tea and coffee retailer Whittard of Chelsea
• In March 2006, the first dual branded Julian Graves / Whittard store opened in St Ives

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