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WH Smith

Find out more about WH Smith

About:

With over 600 stores on the high street and over 600 stores at airports, train stations, hospitals and motorway services, WHSmith is one of the UK's leading retail groups and a household name.

Beyond the UK we continue to open stores in airports, railway stations, hospitals and shopping malls across Australia, South East Asia, India and the Middle East.

You probably know us best for books, newspapers and stationery. Now, thanks to our carefully chosen partners, we offer an increasingly wide choice of goods through our stores and website - from personalised children's books to personalised greeting cards and magazine subscriptions.

Number of stores:

1,288

Founded:

London (1792)

Parent Company:

WHSmith PLC

Fun Facts:

  • The first newsagent in the Smith family name opened in 1792, and the company, WHSmith, was created in 1828.
  • WHSmith.co.uk was launched in 1999.