Kevin Threlfall founded T&S Stores with friend David Lockett-Smith and in 1984 the company was listed. Five years later it acquired Dillons and Preedy from Next, Supercigs and One Stop. It continued to grow through acquisitions and was sold to Tesco for £530m. Mr Threlfall began in 1975 with a cigarette kiosk on Wolverhampton Market. A keen Wolves fan, he was director of the football club from 2006 to 2008.