Roys of Wroxham Shopping

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Roys of Wroxham Shopping

February 14, 2019      By Ian

While staying at Swallowdale you must pay a visit to Roys of Wroxham.

Roys department store has a variety of products to suit all. The supermarket has a wide selection of local produce as well as all the well known brands. It also has its own coffee shop and a McDonald's on site. There’s also a Roys toy shop, children’s clothes shop, DIY centre and a garden centre.

There’s plenty of free parking within walking distance of the shops for the perfect shopping experience.

The History Of Roys Of Wroxham

The company was founded in 1895 by two brothers, Alfred and Arnold Roy. The first store was in Coltishall, a pretty picturesque village which is well worth a visit. They then opened two more stores in Dereham and Hoveton St John, close to Wroxham railway station, which bought in all the supplies.

Over the years the company expanded into a bakery, pharmacy, and ironmongery, to name a few. Roys of Wroxham is now known as the largest village store in the United Kingdom.

The brothers died in the 1950s and the company was passed onto Alfred’s children. After this Roys Grocery changed to a self-service system. A new store was planned for Wroxham and opened in the mid 1960s. This involved changes to Wroxham’s road layout and public services. Roys then became part of Nisa.

Roys continued to expand in the 1990’s and stores were opened in North Walsham, Dereham, Sudbury, Thetford and Norwich. The new store in Wroxham was destroyed by fire in 1995 and replaced with a new department store in 1996.

Sadly Fred died in 1994 and was succeeded by his brother who died 10 years later. His children Edward and Paul became the third generation to join the board of directors.

The brothers continued to expand the business adding the Broadland Motor Co. Wroxham, a new store in Beccles and the Highway Garden Centre in Framingham Pigot.

Roys still remains family run and a family owned independent business in the wonderful thriving village of Wroxham, also known as the capital of the Norfolk Broads.

Roys Department Store in Wroxham
Roys Department Store