Alldays Retail Stores Limited

Company Number: SC001195
Date of Incorporation: 16 January 1883
Contact Details: 10 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2DZ
Operating Details: Dissolved 20 June 2002
Other names (if known): James Mackie & Company Limited (1883-1989) W & P retail Stores (1989-1998) Alldays Retail Stores (1998-2002)
Function of Company*: Non-trading Company (7499), previously retail shops (5211)
Headquarters/Base of Operations Location: Unknown (see below)
Area of Operation: Scotland

*Taken from Standard Industrial Classification 2003, as used by Companies House in 2010


According to the Co-operative archive, no historical records of this company are stored in their archive, and have not been acquired by their company. Therefore it would appear the records of this company have not survived the various transactions and mergers over the years.

Related records; the records of Adam Mackie (the possible founder’s father) are held in University of Aberdeen Special Collections GB 231/MS 3347

Company History

Adam Mackie, son of Adam Mackie, shoe-maker and farmer, was born in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, on the 3 Jan 1788. After attending the local parish school, he was apprenticed in 1800, to his uncle, William Mackie, shoe-maker in Aberdeen. On completing his apprenticeship in 1805, he returned to Fyvie, and in 1815 began farming the lands of Lewes of Fyvie. Once established in the farm, he expanded his interests into shopkeeping and innkeeping, and established himself as a local bank agent and a dealer in the local illicit whisky trade. He was married twice, to Mary Jameson in 1817, and to Isabella Rose in 1836, and had 7 children, including an illegitimate son Adam, who was born to Rachel Gordon in 1817. His fourth son, James, bought the business stock shortly before his father's death in 1850, and converted it into a successful limited liability company, James Mackie and Co. Ltd., with branches throughout Aberdeenshire, operating mainly as an outlet for butter and eggs. (details taken from the NAS catalogue for the collection held by the University of Aberdeen).

These branches had developed into convenience stores by the end of the 1980s. It is quite possible that the retail and wholesale arms of the company split (there is still an active James Mackie catering and wholesale business) and the retail shops (which were part of the above company) were acquired by Watson and Philip, a wholesaler looking to expand into retail outlets. The former James Mackie and Company stores probably made up the bulk of W & P’s 39 outlets in 1989. W & P continued to expand, eventually buying out Amalgamated Foods and adopting its Alldays store brand as its own in the early 1990s. In 1993 W & P controlled 300 stores after acquiring Circle K’s convenience stores, and by 1994 began to look to dispose of its other assets while re-branding all its stores as ‘Alldays’.

The company continued to buy up other retail groups and stores until in the late 1990s there were over 600 Alldays convenience stores. However profits had slumped, and following the end of a franchised deal with Total petrol stations, share prices collapsed and the administrators moved in. In 2002 PriceWaterhouseCooper sold the company on to The Co-operative Group for £131 million.

It should be noted that it is unclear of the part that the above company played in these events as either W&P Retail Stores and Alldays Retail Stores.
Above information accessed from, January 2011.