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WHSmith's origins trace back to 1792 when it began as a family-operated newsagents, later evolving into the world's inaugural retail chain. In 2022, the company marked its 230th anniversary, boasting an impressive presence of over 600 high street stores and 800+ travel stores situated at airports, train stations, hospitals, workplaces, and motorway services. This expansive reach has established WHSmith as a prominent retail force in the UK.
Founded by the Smith family, WHSmith transitioned from a newsagent legacy to an official company in 1828, with its online presence introduced through WHSmith.co.uk in 1999. While renowned for its offerings in books, newspapers, and stationery, WHSmith has diversified its product range through strategic partnerships, providing customers with an ever-widening array of options both in-store and online.
Beyond its UK presence, WHSmith has ventured into international markets, with stores spanning Australia, South East Asia, India, and the Middle East, catering to travelers and consumers worldwide. The company places significant importance on corporate responsibility, consistently ranking well in the Business in the Community's Corporate Responsibility Index. Committed to customer convenience, WHSmith's online platform, established in 1999, streamlines shopping experiences by offering a diverse range of products available for home delivery or collection at high street stores.