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A Little About
History of The Abound story
Abound was one of the catalogue brands under the Littlewoods catalogue umbrella. Abound was integrated into Additions Direct in 2007 which was subsequently transformed to Very. Which is now one of the main digital catalogue businesses online run by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited. Shop Direct is a shopping multi-brand retailer based in Speak Liverpool. It was established in 2005 after the merger of the Shop Direct retail companies and the former Littlewoods catalogues.
It has now rebranded to be called The Very Group. The roots of the group are Northern based mainly in the cities Liverpool and Manchester. It was founded by John Moores and Great Universal Stores (GUS) who go back a long way with mail order UK shopping businesses and the Littlewoods pools. These companies were purchased by the Barclay brothers and a major reconstruction took place to bring them up to date in the modern world of online shopping.
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Great Universal Stores
Universal Stores was founded in Manchester as a mail order merchant in 1900. The founders were Jack Rose and brothers Abraham, George. In the 1930s Isaac Wolfson joined and eventually became the chairmen and created the Wolfson Foundation. It changed names to Great Universal Stores Limited and became the primary catalogue mail order business in the UK.
After many takeovers and mergers, in 2004 the home shopping catalogue part of the business was sold to the Barclay brothers. They combined the Littlewoods mail order catalogues and the well-known Great Universal Stores catalogue. In 2006 the company split into two main parts the Home Retail Group for shopping and they owned Experian credit reports for finance and credit checks. In 2011 yet again it rebranded and is now part of K & Co with Kays and Empire Stores.
Great Universal GUS is a division of the Shop Direct Group, who also control Kays‘ and Choice’s catalogues. Their goal to present everything you need for you and your family and the home from one place. Great Universal offers super value on thousands of incredible products. Like the coolest fashion on the streets including sportswear and kids clothes wear to stylish homeware and house and kitchen appliances, electrical goods and garden stuff, Great Universal catalogue has it all!