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J L Stewart 1881 –1969


Born near Crossgar, Joe Stewart lived in East Belfast and opened his first shop in 1911 on


the Beersbridge Road. He developed the site and eventually established over 70 stores in Northern Ireland, which were eventually transformed in Stewart’s Supermarkets. He was a pioneer in the grocery trade, introducing his own products, and the practice of self-service and household delivery.


tively passing through what once was the living room (at 2 Knock Road) of Joseph Lowry Stewart. As with his home – demolished to accommodate the projected widening of the road – all traces of his business empire in Northern Ireland have now been eradicated.


I Entrepreneur


Joe Stewart was born on 11 December 1881 in the townland of Creevycarnonan near Crossgar, where his father, Hugh (in com- pany with other relations), was a farmer. Joe, his brother and three sisters appear to have sprung from hardy stock, as they all survived into their 80s and 90s.


f you approach the Knock junction from the direction of Stormont and turn left on to the dual carriageway, you are effec-


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