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London Directory London shopping London shopping results. Order results near to. Harrods Harrods Britain's most famous store and possibly the most famous store in the world, Harrods features on many tourist 'must-see' lists - and with good reason Selfridges Selfridges Don't be fooled into thinking that this huge department store is simply a Mecca for commercialism and shopaholics. Selfridges has a truly fascinating history that Liberty London Liberty London No other shop in London, if the world, has such a strong iconic association with design.
Mention a 'Liberty print' and a clear image of Harvey Nichols Harvey Nichols The younger, more fashionable cousin of Harrods, 'Harvey Nicks' started out life in as a simple linen shop. With both department stores being located A haven for high end fashion brands John Lewis John Lewis An Oxford Street institution - trading now for nearly years, John Lewis mightn't have the glitz of its Knightsbridge department store counterparts, but it Fenwick of Bond Steet Fenwick of Bond Steet Opened in , Fenwick department store doubled in size a century later in to become the shop we see today, five floors of fashion, This flagship store is keen to usurp condescending Oxford Street Keeping with tradition, the famous Sloane Square shop Debenhams Debenhams Probably the best organised of the London department stores for actual, practical shopping, with substance taking precedence over style.
As well as a huge range John Lewis John Lewis One big bargain basement jumble sale, TK Maxx is the savvy shoppers' haven with Barkers Barkers The once great, megaolithic Barkers department store closed its doors for good in January In the s several stores were closed and fifteen stores transferred to a joint venture with British Land Company , which then continued operating under their old name.
An online store was launched in In May the group entered a company voluntary arrangement , and in June the closure of 31 stores was announced. James Arthur also owned a retail drapery business in Paisley , near Glasgow: The Company established a wholesale trade in adjoining premises in Argyle Street.
The retail side of the business expanded into the vacant buildings left by the wholesale side. During the late s and early s the retail business was run by a professional manager — first Thomas Kirkpatrick and then Alexander McLaren. When the first Hugh Fraser died in , his three eldest sons, James, John and Hugh, acquired stakes in the business.
James and John Fraser were initially directors in the business and employed Alexander McLaren and later John Towers to manage it for them.
He moved to London in to set up his own business in Westminster Bridge Road. The store traded under the D H Evans name until By , Hugh Fraser II was in charge: Fraser then purchased the Scottish Drapery Corporation in , followed by the Sunderland based Binns group of stores in Fraser sold the property sites to insurance companies, leasing them back for long terms at advantageous rates.
This enabled the release of capital for the purchase of new premises and the modernisation of existing stores. Sir Hugh Fraser succeeded his father as Chairman of the company when his father died in Allen Ltd , a Bournemouth based group. During the s, the House of Fraser Group acquired more companies including: Ltd of Dublin, Ireland, and E.
Roland Smith succeeded Sir Hugh Fraser as chairman. A takeover bid by Lonrho was referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and declared to be contrary to the public interest. In the Company introduced the Frasercard, valid at all stores and administered from a central computing facility in Swindon. The Al Fayeds supported the continuing expansion of the Company and replaced the stag's head logo with a stag leaping from a green triangle with shop signs of this period using a double layered san serif typeface.
Small branches were to be relinquished and replaced with larger units. In , Tom Hunter put forward a hostile bid for the Group, with the possible intention to merge with Allders , another department store he had shareholdings in. In , the Company consolidated its portfolio by closing the year-old Barkers business in Kensington High Street on 2 January In September , House of Fraser launched its online store.
House of Fraser launched the HouseofFraser. A further site, in Liverpool, opened in Both shops had closed by the summer of In December , talks to takeover House of Fraser were held by French department store Galeries Lafayette with House of Fraser also exploring a floating on the London Stock Exchange once more in the summer of if the takeover was to be abandoned. In a new department store opened at the Rushden Lakes development in Rushden, Northamptonshire.
The closure of House of Fraser Outlet in Leicester also took place during the year and a further closure, in Aylesbury, was announced for A new store in Chester was announced in February with construction due to start in mid On 2 May , the company announced that it was to be entering into a conditional sale of a controlling stake in the firm to Nanjing Cenbest a Sanpower Group subsidiary to Hamleys owner C.
A condition of the sale is that the company streamline its existing store portfolio and cost base. The intention to launch a company voluntary arrangement CVA was announced on the same day. This includes the flagship Oxford Street branch and the large Birmingham store in January Minority shareholder Sports Direct announced on 6 May that it was to launch legal action against the company and its leadership team.
Sports Direct's representative stating that "We have been frozen out by House of Fraser. Their dealings in China are opaque, and it is blatant that we have been unfairly prejudiced. We have no option other than litigation to protect the interests of Sports Direct and its shareholders.
On 10 August , House of Fraser entered administration. These stores have all agreed terms with Mike Ashley which would see their rents differed to a more sustainable way,hence securing the future of the store for at least a period of a year.
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