Walker & Son
Walker & Son, Confectioners and Tea Merchants, 57 and 59, Charlotte Street.—
This firm is one of the oldest-established firms in Glasgow. The business was established about a century ago in the Old Wynd, under the title of W. & J. Walker, in which locality they remained for a number of years. When the firm removed to 83, High Street, one of the sons joined the partnership, and the name changed to Walker & Son, as it now stands. They also occupied premises in the “Bell o’ th’ Brae,” and under the Piazza at the Cross in the Tontine Building. The business still growing and those premises being too small, they removed to Nelson Street, where they remained till six years ago, when they removed to their extensive premises in Charlotte Street.
This establishment covers an area of five hundred square yards, having three flats to the front and four to the back. The ground floor is used for the grocery and tea department, and in an adjacent comer there is the boiler and engine for driving the machinery used in the manufacture of the confectionery, which is carried on in the second floor. The third back flat is used as a general storeroom, while on the fourth or top back flat the manufacture of jams, jellies,, and marmalade is carried on, these again being stored in the top front floor, the building being thus divided for the sake of having good light.
The firm are also makers of citrate of magnesia, well known in the market as the Fern-leaf Brand. Their whole trade, which includes that of tea merchants, wholesale grocers, and spice merchants, confectionery and preserves, requires the services of a good staff of assistants, the firm being well represented in and around Glasgow, and having connection with the Telephone Exchange, their number being 881. The success which has attended the firm in its long career is due to the care they have always paid to the requirements of their customers, and above all to their upright dealing and straightforward character. The Messrs. Walker & Son having correspondents in America, they are at present endeavouring to open up a connection with that country. Extensive alterations to their present commodious premises are again being made to enable them to meet the demands of their ever-increasing business.
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