Harry and Doris Tuffin started the business in 1955 with a garage and two petrol pumps. After a short while they added a small shop to the business.
In 1960, Harry and Doris's daughter Ruby and her husband Roy joined the company. They ran the shop whilst Harry concentrated on a Taxi business and School Bus Service.
In 1969, the company bought a two acre site on the edge of the village and in 1972 opened a 3,000 sq. foot supermarket and petrol station at Crosslikey, Churchstoke.
In 1974, a Sunday Market was started on the car park of the site.
In 1976, Harry Tuffin died aged 57, this was a major blow to the family and the company.
Roy and Ruby along with their Son Paul and Daughter Sallie now run the company.
In 1982, Harry Tuffin Ltd. joined NISA (National Independant Supermarkets Association). NISA are a buying group for independent supermarkets which enables us to buy goods at fantastic costs which we can pass on to our customers.
In 1993, the company purchased the Montgomeryshire Natural Water Company. Which now bottles water for many independent supermarkets, buying groups and wholesalers.
In 2006 we acquired an existing Garage/ Petrol Forecourt business in Cleobury Mortimer.
In January 2007 we opened a brand new business in Ludlow.
In 2009 we acquired an existing business in Machynlleth.
In 2010 and 2011 the estate was complemented with the addition of Lydney & Coleford (2010) and Holywell (2011).
On the 1st May 2012 we welcomed our new owners,
The Midcounties Co-operative.
Chronological events in the history of Tuffins:
1950 – Harry Tuffin started working for himself
1955 – the Company started
1960 – Ruby and Roy joined the business
1972 – Crosslikey supermarket at Churchstoke opened
1976 – Harry Tuffin died
1978 – Doris Tuffin died
1981 – Opened in Knighton at the old cinema
1982 – Joined NISA
1983 – Moved sites at Knighton to Whitehall
1988 – Craven Arms opened
1993 – HT purchased the Montgomeryshire Natural Spring Water Company
2001 – Bishop’s Castle opened
2006 – Cleobury Mortimer opened
2007 – Ludlow opened
2009 – Machynlleth opened
2010 - Lydney & Coleford Opened, both previously Somerfield stores
2011 - Holywell opened.
2012 - On the 1st May Harry Tuffins was acquired by the Midcounties Co-operative.