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The future of our company is built on the strengths of its past

1930s

Strongs butcher's shop

The first butcher's shop, acquired in 1933, the foundation of the RO's trading enterprise.

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Butcher's shops
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1940s

Garage and petrol forecourts

The garage and petrol forecourts of the 1940s, 50s and 60s were to become the ideal locations for retirement housing half a century later.

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1950s - 1960s

AG Fry

AG Fry, our chain of newsagents which would increase to 80 in number.

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Newsagents

1970s

Undertakers​

Born out of the garage business, undertakers were another successful trading venture for the RO.

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1980s

Macs convenience stores​

As retail patterns changed in the 1980s the RO moved its retail  know-how into the development  of Macs convenience stores.

40
Neighbourhood
centres developed
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1990s

RO Supermarkets​

Shortly after Macs was sold in 1994, RO Supermarkets was born.

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Supermarkets
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1990s

Jigsaw day nurseries

Jigsaw Day Nurseries, a tenant on the neighbourhood centre developments, was the first trading opportunity where the RO invested alongside existing management to develop the business.

12
Day nurseries
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1990s

Pegasus Retirement Homes​

Pegasus Retirement Homes, property development and trading hand in glove.

30
Retirement home
developments
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2000s

Leaders Letting Agents​

Leaders Letting Agents, a buy and build strategy with thirty acquisitions completed in less than five years.

30
Acquisitions in
under 5 years
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2010s

Commercial property

Commercial property ownership remains the engine room of the RO.

£300m
Property transactions in the
last decade
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2010s

Staycity investment

ale of the 170 bed Staycity investment concludes, in what is the largest single property transaction completed by the RO.

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2010s

Solar - an enlightening journey

More than 70MW of  solar development successfully traded.

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2010s

RO Finance

RO Finance was set up as a vehicle to jointly

fund both residential and commercial property opportunities, partnering with like-minded individuals / family offices / institutions. 

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2020s

RO Energy

Potash Farm is a 140 acre asset providing a diversity of income and long-term development potential.

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2020s

RO Land

RO Land was established to build on the group’s existing successes in land acquisition and planning. Our objective is to add value to land by unlocking its development potential.

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2020s

RO Capital Partners

RO Capital Partners is an early stage investor with a clearly differentiated offering that draws on the extensive entrepreneurial experience of the RO Group. 

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2020s

Waterside Place on the Southampton waterfront, an important part of the RO’s property portfolio.

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2020s

Charteroak

The RO has created its own unique range of holiday lodges on both Charteroak parks in Cornwall.

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2020s

Metis Homes

In more recent times housebuilding has become a major focus for the RO through our investment in Metis Homes.

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