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Shortis Group - 50 Years

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Serving the motorist for over 50 years

1964 - 2018

50 Years
In 1964 Kevin Shortis opened his first motorist's discount store in Norwich.
Over 50 years later the group is still family-owned and family-run.

Our History

 54 years and counting ...

1964

In March, Kevin Shortis opened up his first K.J.Shortis store on Barn Road in Norwich.

1969

The Group's Head Office opened on Salhouse Road in Norwich, where it remains today.

1977

The first Fast-Fit branches opened focusing on tyres and exhausts.

1978

Kevin Shortis opened the first Wilco Motorist Discount Store. At the time, Kevin was learning to fly and decided to name his first shop 'Wilco' - short for 'will comply'.

1980

The Group acquired exhaust distributor Exhausts Unlimited, which became motor factor EU Ltd.

1981

The Group began to invest in IT and had its first computers installed at EU.

2000

The Group acquired Linco Plc with six branches being rebranded as motor factor EU Linco.

2004

24 stores across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire were bought from Motosave.

2012-2014

New sites added including Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Huddersfield taking the Group's total number of branches to over 80. In 2014 the Group celebrated its 50th anniversary.

2017

New branch of Motosave in Rochdale opened its doors.

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Company Reg. No. 01022321.