Remembering Tony Mason, Majestic’s Founder

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Majestic’s former Trading Director, Tony Mason. All the thoughts and best wishes of everyone at Majestic goes to Tony’s family and friends at this deeply sad time. 

Tony was fundamental to the creation and success of Majestic for almost three decades. As the founder of our first store in Haringey, and a key figure in the later rescue buy-out of Majestic in 1991 following his creation and integration of ‘Wizard Wine’, much of our early history as a company is down to his innovation, tenacity and support. 

As Trading Director between 1989 – 2005, Tony oversaw some of the most successful and ambitious years of the Majestic story. Responsible for our offer and range, he was instrumental in establishing the specialist credentials of Majestic at a time of rapid expansion. Under his steerage, our stores were bolstered with 130,000 cases of aged Bordeaux bought from Swedish royalty, pioneered new ranges and regions (many of which are now best-sellers across the UK) and developed our fine wine offer.

Tony’s career in wine began with what was supposed to be a temporary summer job, working as a cellar hand at the age of 17 in 1962. Over 50 years later, Tony was widely recognised as one of the longest serving members of the trade, and ‘the canniest buyer’ in the industry. Above all else, Tony’s legacy at Majestic is his approach to wine. He championed what he described as “sausage wines” – bottles with a rustic, approachable quality which would be ideal with bangers – and had an unerring eye for an opportunity.

Current CEO, John Colley:

“Tony was part of the very fabric of Majestic for much of our history. He was pivotal in establishing the company nationwide, with much of what was, and remains, great about Majestic originating from him. From buying unique parcels, to pioneering our very first store over 40 years ago, we remain immensely grateful for his contribution and are deeply saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. All of our best wishes go to Hilary and Tony’s family at this difficult time”. 

(Tony, pictured far right, at the opening of the 100th Majestic store with Tim How and John Apthorpe)

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