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  • #16
    Re: Keymarkets supermarkets

    There was a Key Markets in Isleworth, Middlesex, built around 1970 along with a new housing estate and row of shops. It became a Gateway. I only ever saw one other, in Ramsgate, Kent.

    Going by the posts on here it was purely a southern England chain.

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    • #17
      Re: Keymarkets supermarkets

      I remember Keymarkets, we had one in Yardley in Birmingham, I used to get pippa dolls from there! Also, recall them giving a scratch card sometimes with your shopping and losing my mum in there and feeling horribly frightened....

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      • #18
        Re: Keymarkets supermarkets

        Originally posted by Gothic View Post
        There was a Key Market store in Taunton High Street in the 70's, it then became a Gateway store when they took them over. I think it closed and moved across town when they became Somerfield. The site in Taunton High Street is now Iceland.
        I use to work in Keymarkets in 1978 straight from school on Thursday & Friday ,then got promoted to the Bacon/Hams/Sausages counter to work T/F 4 Hours & Sat was 8 Hour day ,and me only 16 ,good experience which lasted for a 3 months ,Jobs were hard to get then but became an Apprentice[slave] and never looked back, but Keymarkets was good ,Manager wanted me to stay ,could have been a CEO now for Waitrose,Sainsburys or Lidl .

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        • #19
          Re: Keymarkets supermarkets

          1978,1st days job was stacking shelf, then rubbish out back in skip in the evening ,some of the dairy products were taken by tramps, but got promoted to the Bacon counter.

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          • #20
            Re: Keymarkets supermarkets

            That's funny, the one near me was replaced with a TKMAXX, amongst other new shops.
            Originally posted by DemonEyeX View Post
            Yes !
            There was a Key Markets in my town.
            I used to go there with my Nan.
            It morphed into Gateway, which then morphed into Somerfield.
            Then it got knocked down.
            Now there is a TK Max and A Costa Coffee there.

            I have fond memories of Key Markets though.
            It had an off licence built in to a corner, rather than having the alcohol in an isle.
            Also it had turnstiles, so only one person could get in at a time.
            The first baguette I ever ate came from that supermarket.

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            • #21
              Re: Keymarkets supermarkets

              Originally posted by Mimi View Post
              I remember Keymarkets, we had one in Yardley in Birmingham, I used to get pippa dolls from there! Also, recall them giving a scratch card sometimes with your shopping and losing my mum in there and feeling horribly frightened....
              It's the little promotional scratch cards that I remember most (along with the little blue and yellow characters they used on their advertising, were they keystone cop type cartoons?). Aylesbury had one in the High Street which disappeared when I was a young lad, probably late 70's or early 80's.

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              • #22
                Re: Keymarkets supermarkets

                Originally posted by yurgn29 View Post
                Keymarkets was the first supermarket I remember going to regularly in the early 80s when I was a toddler.

                Anyone remember them? Their logo was a big yellow key symbol on a blue background. I remember one in Bath and there was a big one near where the Gateshead Metrocentre is now (I think that one survived a little longer than the others). They got taken over by Gateway I think.
                My step father managed a Key Markets supermarket in the Bournemouth area - possibly Broadstone. I still have some of the Keymarkets paper bags which are exactly as described!

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                • #23
                  Re: Keymarkets supermarkets

                  Were Key Markets a bit like Spar or VG? - small in size but local? Haven't read the entire thread so apologies for any possible repetition.

                  I am certain that I have seen full page adverts for Key in old newspapers online.
                  Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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