Scipio Brook, cash and carry founder, dies at 89

RETAIL pioneer, Scipio Brook, has died. He was 89.

Mr Brook and his brother, John, ran one of Halifax’s first self service cash and carry warehouses, supplying corner shops with meat, tinned, packet and frozen food.

The firm was founded by their grandfather, another Scipio, who started as a waste leather dealer and millwright at Cross Street, off Horton Street, Halifax, in 1881.

By 1905 he was a general dealer and his son carried on the business as a charcoal dealer.

The firm changed to cash and carry in the 1950s and operated from the former Sion Sunday School, off Winding Road for many years. At its peak, employing 30 people.

It closed in 1981 due to competition from large supermarket suppliers, parking restrictions and redevelopment in and around the Northgate area.

Mr Brook attended Rishworth School and was a former member of the Old Rishworthians Rugby Union Club.

He leaves a widow, Marjorie, daughters Carol and Jane and a son, Scipio.

His funeral will be held at St Jude’s Church, Savile Park, on Tuesday at 11am.