A Century of Building Relationship
As Landmark Wholesale Member, L&F Jones Limited celebrates its centenary, the importance of long-term trading partnerships has been acknowledged by Retail Chief Executive Officer, Simon Jones, "Imperial Tobacco is our longest serving supplier having worked with us for the last 88 years! I am proud of our long and effective association and look forward to many more mutually successful years of trading."
Lambert & Butler King Size is L&F Jones' bestselling cigarette brand with 20% share of sales and Golden Virginia enjoys 39% share of hand rolling tobacco sales.
Imperial Tobacco Multiple Account Executive, Rob Groves said that it is a pleasure to work with such dedicated people, "It is so rewarding that our trading relationship is still very strong after all this time and I am honoured to be the account handler for the occasion of their centenary. I congratulate them on reaching this impressive milestone."
L&F Jones is one of Landmark Wholesale's oldest Members having joined the Group in 1973 and Managing Director, Martin Jones now serves on the Landmark board. Commending them on 100 years of trading, Landmark Managing Director, Martin Williams said, "L&F Jones is a very successful independent family business with a reputation for delivering excellent service. It is a go-ahead company full of forward-thinking people - a valuable and highly respected member of the Landmark Wholesale Group."
L&F Jones - A Brief History
L&F Jones Holdings Limited began life in November 1911 as a small shop and café in Stratton-on-the-Fosse. The shop was such a success that it was replaced in 1929 by larger premises which included a function room catering for dinners and wedding receptions.
By the 1960s, there were four shops - Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Peasedown, Paulton and Trowbridge - run by four of the grandsons of founder, Catherine Jones. The old café in Stratton-on-the-Fosse became the first wholesale Cash & Carry in the area.
By 1971, larger premises had to be found and the business moved to Radstock. The wholesale business went from strength to strength and the shops were sold to enable the brothers to concentrate on growing the Cash & Carry business.
In 1977, a catering depot was purchased in Shepton Mallet and, in 1983, the Cash & Carry relocated from Radstock to its present site at Charlton Lane, Midsomer Norton.
The Fosseway Country Club was purchased in 1978 and the Centurion Hotel was built on this site opening in April 1987. It is now known as the Best Western Centurion Hotel and Fitness Centre and incorporates the Fosseway Golf Club, gym, spa, swimming pool, meeting rooms and conference facilities. Cubros bar and restaurant opened in July 2005.
The Cash & Carry has continued to grow and, in recent years, has developed a strong Catering Foodservice business. In 1994, the company began to develop its retail division and currently operates 17 Convenience Stores in the locality.
The company today retains a strong family character with 16 members of the family actively involved in the business.