Our Story

Usually in business we like to look forward – and as a company we pride ourselves on just that – but on occasion, it’s reassuring to look back.

Our story begins back in 1869 in a small black and white grocery shop in Frankwell, Shrewsbury where an industrious James Kent Morris was to set up his candle business with a robust service philosophy which has stood the test of time: “To do the common thing uncommonly well brings success”.

And it did. Over the years the company developed many trading operations which it helped flourish and on which it capitalised as markets matured, with the family remaining central to the growth and success of each business.

Take a look at our timeline to find out more about our five generations of evolution:

James Kent Morris
Sarah Morris, first wife of James Kent Morris
Opening of the first grocery shop in Frankwell, Shrewsbury
Launch of the Morris candle factory
Morris store and staff at Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury
Fanny Morris, daughter of J Kent Morris & E Paterson's Wedding Day
Deliveries at the Morris Bakery
Waiters outside the celebrated Morris café
James Kent Morris, second son of James Kent Morris
Morris outdoor catering at Shrewsbury Floral Fete
Morris Headquarters
Cliff Morris marries Evelyn Morris, descendant of Henry Morris, James Kent Morris's son
Cliff Morris, father to Bill Morris (Chairman 1984-2009)
Morris Home Guard
Grocery License during war years
Advert from Shropshire Magazine
Lingerie shop
Greenshield Stamps at Morris Food Hall
Outdoor Catering
Deliveries on Pride Hill
Centenary Dinner for Morris & Company
The Board including Peter Morris (2nd left), descendant of Frederick Langley Morris, James Kent Morris's son, Cliff Morris(2nd right) and Bill Morris (right)
The SaveRite supermarket brand was launched in 1968 and later headed-up by Timothy Morris who joined the business in 1979 (pictured with competition winner)
Bill Morris with architect John Heber Evans laying first brick of the Radbrook Nursing Home - the launch of Morris Care
Bill Morris with his trusty springer spaniels
The acquisition of Stanmore Hall in Bridgenorth heralds a new Leisure Division
Three generations celebrate Robin Morris, son of Bill, joining the business
Mr Cliff celebrates his 100 years
Cliff Morris receiving his Legion d'honneur at the age of 100
Food Division sold to Midcounties Co-operative
Chris Morris, son of Bill, joins the company
Lubricants & Leisure Divisions now under sole ownership of Paterson Enterprises Limited
Site Machinery founded with the acquisition of ArcGen Limited
ArcGen acquires Hilta Pumps to become ArcGen Hilta Limited
Morris acquires the Marrington Estate
Celebrating Bill Morris's 50 years with the company
ArcGen Hilta acquires Sandhurst Manufacturing Company
Timothy Morris celebrates 35 years with the company
Today's Family Board - Robin, Chris, Timothy and Bill
Robin Morris appointed 2016 President of Shrewsbury Horticultural Society
Final phase of Vanguard completed
Angela Rippon opens Ercall Court Specialist Dementia Home

Our Businesses

Morris Care
Morris Site Machinery
Morris Property