THE DERWENT STORY

To fully understand and appreciate our story, you need to understand the visionary entrepreneur behind our Group, Albert Gubay. Born in Wales in 1928, our Founder started his business empire as a penniless young man, selling non-sugar sweets during post-WWll confectionary rationing.

This gradually evolved into market stalls until in the early 1960’s he opened his first grocery shop, Value Foods, which based its innovative business model on aggressive price cutting. This was the basis for his successful Kwik Save Discount chain, in which he sold his shares in 1973 for £14million.

Kwik Save was followed by similar ventures in New Zealand, Ireland and the USA . He then turned his impressive business acumen to property development, primarily in the retail and commercial sectors. He also built up the Total Fitness health club chain, which was sold in 2004 for £70million.

The property companies and portfolios that he founded ultimately became The Derwent Group in 2005. The Derwent Group is now owned by the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation. The Derwent Group continues its expansion into new areas whilst maintaining a very strong presence in the retail and commercial sectors throughout the North of England.

 

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THAT BURGER PLACE ‘POPS-UP’ IN WALKDEN TOWN CENTRE

Family-run burger business That Burger Place will open its first pop-up burger restaurant in Walkden Town Centre this week (Tuesday 23rd July). Brothers Ryan and Scott McDermott, first opened That Burger Place in Swinton in July 2017 and have already built a successful business which regularly sells-out of their freshly-made

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THE DERWENT GROUP’S 200 HOUR GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN

The Derwent Group and facilities management partners AEJ Management and ABM have completed more than 200 hours of community clean-up as part of the Great British Spring Clean, 2019. Organised by Keep Britain Tidy, the Great British Spring clean is a national event between 22nd March and 23rd April and

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