A Devonshire wholesaler is celebrating 125 years in business this month. Barnstaple-based Youings Wholesale, which joined the Sugro Group in its centenary year, started life in 1884 as a tobacconist with a sweet counter and a few sundry lines.
Today, it is a £16m operation with a 16,000sq ft depot, its own fleet of lorries and vans, a proactive field and telesales team and four retail outlets.
The family business is now being run by the fourth generation of Youings and is managed by Peter Youings, who expanded the company’s wholesale offering in the 1970s to encompass confectionery, toiletries, chemist sundries, crisps and snacks.
He said: “Each generation of Youings has stamped their own identity onto the business but always upheld the core values of quality service and quality goods. We’re looking forward to another 125 years.”