a large group of British shops selling newspapers, magazines, books, cards, toys and games, etc. There are around 600 shops in the UK and most British towns have a branch of Smith's. There are also around 600 branches of Smith's at train stations, airports, etc. in the UK and Ireland, and branches in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. The first shop using the Smith family name opened in 1792 and the company WH Smith was founded in 1828.