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John Thrift and Sons Wholesale Grocers of Croydon.
At 18 John had moved to Hythe and was one of three working for the grocer Charles Day.
1857 He had opened his own shop at 96 Church Street.
1859 Listed as John Thrift, Grocer and Cheesemonger of 91 Church Street.
1871 Henry and William (John's Sons) are listed at his household.
Business expanded elsewhere in Croydon and in Norwood, Mitcham and Sydenham. A warehouse was also constructed behind 96 Church Street and eventually on George Street near East Croydon Station circa 1893.
Bacon-smoking, coffee-grinding and tea-smoking were processes undertaken in the new warehouse.