Harry and Doris Tuffins established the Harry Tuffins family business in 1955 with the initial introduction of a garage and two petrol pumps, plus a small shop area selling fresh, local produce. Due to growing success, the business expanded to a brand new 3,000 square foot supermarket and petrol station at Churchstoke in 1972. Sadly, Harry and Doris Tuffins died in 1976 and 1978 respectively but the business was handed down through the family who continued on in the spirit of their predecessors.
In 1982 the business joined up with NISA enabling them to provide a much greater choice and variety of product at very competitive prices. The business continued to grow with nine more stores being opened from then up to 2011 including in Craven Arms, Bishop’s Castle, Ludlow and Holywell. 2011 also saw their biggest success yet; they were ranked 23rd in The Grocer’s UK Top 50 independent grocery retailers with sales of £68 million and profits of £617,000.
After more then 50 years in the industry, 2012 saw the family finally sell the business and all Harry Tuffins stores to The Midcounties Co-Operative Society. However, due to issues on monopolization the Office of Fair Trade ruled that Midcounties Co-Operative had to sell four of the stores for the deal to be approved, including the Craven Arms store.
In a turn of events, Paul Delves, grandson of founder Harry Tuffin then bought the Craven Arms store in May 2013, returning it once again to the family. Delves is the former managing director of Harry Tuffins and bought the store under his new company, Delves & Co, but has kept the store's Tuffins name. Since the sale he has improved the entrance and enlarged the car park, with long term plans to expand with a custom garden center complex.