Who remembers Pricerite supermarkets?

A while back I found the old match box pictured here. The label proclaims ‘Pricerite Safety Matches‘.

Pricerite were a supermarket chain. I do not know how many branches they had, or how much of the country they covered.

If I remember correctly they were bought out by International Stores.

It was a long time ago that they disappeared and my memory is vague so I tried finding out more on the internet. I found plenty of references to a current American supermarket called Pricerite. The British Pricerite seems to have largely been forgotten.

Pricerite in Bridport, Dorset.

My personal memory of Pricerite is they had a store in West Street, Bridport, where Superdrug now is.

The existing smaller International closed and business transferred to the Pricerite store. International subsequently merged with Gateway along with FineFare. In Bridport they consolidated operations in the larger FineFare supermarket. That site went on to become Somerfield and is now Waitrose.

The old Pricerite/International premises became a Medicare which had a similar format to Superdrug. Medicare was then sold to Superdrug who at the time were owned by the same company as Woolworths.

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  1. Their Head office was in Swanley Kent. I was the Distribution Manager in Avonmouth nr Bristol. Yes we had a store in Bridport which was serviced from Avonmouth.

  2. There used to be a Pricerite’s in Halstead, Essex. Mind you, I’m going back to the late 60’s/early 70’s when I lived there. Not sure when it closed, but long gone now.

  3. I worked at their store in Sidcup Kent for many years, I also worked at their head office/warehouse. Overworked and underpaid.

  4. I worked as trainee manager in the Redruth store, my first job, i remember the weekly delivery from Avonmouth, a horrible task as it had to be loaded onto rollers 10 feet high, one day a case of 48 tins of Chum dog food fell off and landed on my Ford Escort. Also a funny moment was watching the highly volatile small Scots driver ” Jock ” bounce up and down in his cab as the truck struggled to get up the slope – happy days.

  5. I used to work in the Maidstone branch in the early 70s Maidstone used to have 2 branches in Maidstone one in week streets another in the high street the high street branch is where I used to work Argos is there now I also worked for the international when it got taken over for a few years

    • Hi Graham,

      I worked at the Maidstone store from 1972 to 1975 as a Saturday boy, full time during the school holidays. It’s all a very long time ago now……


  6. There used to be a Pricerite in Berwick Street, Soho, London, I worked there in the spring of 1965. I remember a very friendly Italian girl, Angelina, and also someone named Poppy. One day the police turned up and arrested the shop manager, mr. Ciels. He was accused of delivering groceries to some embassies keeping the money for himself.

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