The Early Years of Zodiac
Very little remains in terms of archive material about the formation of the Zodiac chain. Maynards owned or leased a few toy and pram shops in the London area in the late 1960s. Old accounts records for 1967 indicate that these were at ….
- Elm Park (Mandy’s)
- Stamford Hill (Doris Clark)
- Stoke Newington
The combined sales for Christmas week for all these shops amounted to only £11,458 (less than £1500 per branch). 6 years later with 30 branches opened under the Zodiac banner sales for the same week totalled £137.000 (£4500 per branch) but with shops like Croydon grossing £11,500 in Christmas week.
The next acquisitions, during 1968 were …
With the exception of Kettering, these were all located in new shopping centres. They were quickly followed by
- Palmers Green*
*these branches were very small and probably ex Maynards sweet shops.