Our history and how it has shaped us today
Journey to 140
We’re incredibly proud of our heritage. As we continue to celebrate our 140th year in business, we have been reflecting on how far we, and the world we live in, has come since we were founded in 1876.
The spirit of enterprise, integrity and innovation which characterises Musgrave is what makes us unique. Through economic downturns and significant world events, our policy of investing, changing and innovating has been key to our success.
It is as we reflect on our past that we realise how much our values and people have made Musgrave what it is today; strong, resilient and ready to continue in the spirit of our innovative founders who had a progressive and dynamic approach to business.
We’re grateful to each and every one of our colleagues who have played their part in making Musgrave what it is today. As part of reflecting on our 140 year history we invited colleagues past and present to share their special memories of working with Musgrave. What they had to say gave us a special insight into our own history, and brought back delightful memories for many.
Mark Crowley photo
Mary Crowley shared her memories of her 20 years working at Musgrave working with Musgrave in Cork.
People like Mary have all played their part in making Musgrave what it is today and we’re grateful to her and all of our colleagues throughout our long 140-year history.
Mary presented us with her favourite photograph of her and her friends at our headquarters in Cornmarket Street in 1963.
We have spoken with many of our past colleagues who have shared their ‘memories’ from their time working at Musgrave, giving us an insight into our own history.
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Larry Costello shared his memories of his two decades working in Musgrave.
“It’s a brilliant company to work for. The fun and laughter had with my co-workers in the Cash & Carry and a trip to London on Concorde, as part of a retailer incentive, are stand out memories of good times. We reached supersonic speed over the Bay of Biscay which was exhilarating, out of this world. It will stay in my mind forever.”
Thank you Larry Costello for your work, loyalty and for sharing your special memory of your time in Musgrave.
Concorde flight 1996 @Musgraveplc #Musgrave140
Our former colleague, Tom Ryan recently recalled the best moments of his 35 year with Musgrave.
“Opening new accounts! I joined the company in its centenary year 1976. The first account was Jim & Sheila Flood. Sheila is still trading with us, as are many more such as Kevin O’Leary. It’s very special to build long-standing relationships. It takes time, you have to earn their confidence and loyalty. With Kevin, we started out as business colleagues and became close friends.”
Tom has been a tremendous asset to Musgrave and we’re grateful for his commitment.
Tom and Kevin reminisced about their recce prior to Kevin opening his Centra, 1996. @Musgraveplc #Musgrave140
We were touched to hear the story from our former colleague Paul Byrne who told us how Musgrave once delivered a hamper to his relative when she was a little girl in the 1920’s. We believe it was a very special gift from ‘Santa Claus’ that year and we’re touched that our gesture is among her most cherished memories.
According to Paul: “Such is the stuff of dreams and memories. She is now a nun in her 90s who still has lovely memories of the generous gesture.”
We’re delighted to send Paul’s relative another hamper of treats and hope she enjoys them just as much as she did back then.
Christmas hamper story @Musgraveplc #Musgrave140
The People of Musgrave
As part of our 140th anniversary, we went on a quest to celebrate our people. We invited our colleagues to tell us about their peers – those who inspire and show true passion and dedication in bringing to life our values.
We were incredibly touched by the hundreds of heartwarming and honest stories of praise of colleagues, importantly, by colleagues.
Here’s a snapshot of the people who make Musgrave what it is today. We’re proud of each and every one of you.
To the next 140
From our original small grocery store owned by two brothers, we’re now Ireland’s largest private employer with over 35,000 employees. Our family business is sustaining long term stable relationships, built on a bedrock of honesty, working hard, achievement and not being greedy. Our values stand us in good stead in the modern world.
As we continue to adapt, innovate and move forward into the future, these principles will be at the heart of every decision we make.