MON 16TH DEC 2019


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Philip Morris & Son

Business Address: Philip Morris & Son, Widemarsh Street, Hereford, Herefordshire

Country: England,

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About Philip Morris & Son

Philip Morris & Son has been trading in Hereford since 1845 and now has two stores on the high street, as well as a growing online business.

The modern incarnation of Philip Morris & Son is a business that thrives by differentiating itself on the basis of the quality of customer service.  Whether you are one of the 30,000 people a year who buy from us online, or a Herefordshire local who has been shopping with us all your life, we aim to provide you with quality goods and service.

Philip Morris & Son was established in Hereford as an ironmongers in 1845. Whilst true to its roots and very much still a family business Philip Morris & Son has developed into the thriving business of today encompassing a physical department store and an online website.

The business was established in 1845 and is still named after the original owner Philip Morris. Some years later it passed to his son and then a third generation before being sold to Mr Albert Jones, the grandfather of the current managing partners, in 1945. For the first few years of its existence Philip Morris & Son was located in Hereford’s High Town area, approximately where Marks & Spencer’s is today. The business was then relocated to the current premises in Widemarsh Street where it has traded uninterrupted for the last 160 years. In 2007 a second store, directly opposite the main shop was added and the clothing and gunroom departments relocated to the second shop.

Maurice Jones took over the business on the death of his father in 1974, and managed it, with his wife Bunty, until gradually handing over the reins to their two sons John and Bruce Jones in the last few years. Maurice and Bunty remain actively involved in the management and strategic direction of the business.

Bruce joined the business after finishing university in 2002, and immediately embarked on the successful move into online trading. This early move, when e-commerce was in its infancy, proved to be an excellent diversification that has driven the rapid growth of the business in recent years. Philip Morris & Son is now firmly established as an online retailer, with a growing national reputation.

John returned to Philip Morris & Son in 2005, after university and a career in the City with accounting giants Ernst & Young. John manages all aspect of the business finance, as well as taking care of the day to day running of the store and has an especially keen interest in the clothing department.