Brothers Arnold and Alfred Roy founded Roys in 1895. The brothers opened their first store (which sold general merchandise) at Norfolk, in Coltishall. Four years later, the brothers opened their second store just three miles away, in Wroxham. This second store was put up with the aim of meeting the needs of holiday makers who were visiting Norfolk.
In the early part of the 1900’s, the brother’s business began to expand and in 1931, Roys Wroxham Limited was established. Since the company was able to expand, it now offered a wider variety of products in its stores. To accommodate the demand, the company bought a number of delivery vans in order to supply consumers in Norfolk with their food and non-food needs.
In the 1930’s, Roy Wroxham was given the title of “Capital of the Broads” because of the high volume of goods that it was supplying to consumers. The stores even won the title “The World’s Largest Village Store.” In the 1950’s, the second generation of Roys took over management of the company, with Fred Roy as managing director and chairman.
The company continued to expand in the later part of the twentieth century and then into the twenty-first century. The stores facilities were extended and improved and new stores were opened in Suffolk and Norfolk.
When Fred Roy passed away, his brother Peter became the next board chairman. A few years after, Peter’s sons, Paul and Edward, joined the company’s board of directors.
Today, Roys Wroxham continues to be a family-operated business. It continues to be independently run and is always looking forward to taking on new challenges that the twenty-first century brings. The company’s commitment of being able to offer excellent products and services at very reasonable prices remains unchanged, even after its existence of more than a hundred years.
Currently, there are Roy Wroxham stores in Wroxham,Norwich(in Bowthorpe and in Magdalen St.), North Walsham, Thetford, Dereham and Sudbury. The company also offers online shopping with its eBay outlet. The stores offer food and non-food items, from fashion to gardening, to DIYs and local produce.
Ownership Type: Private
Employees: information not available
Demography: Retail food products consumers
Roys of Wroxham