Famous department stores from 1707

Dates of the establishment of a selection of early department stores

(Partnership branches, past and present, are shown in bold)

 

1707 Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

1790 Dickens & Smith (later Dickens and Jones) Oxford Street

1804 John Townsend, Nottingham (later Jessops now JL Nottingham)

1810 John Harris Heal, Rathbone (later Tottenham Court Road)

1812 Swan & Edgar, Piccadilly

1813 Mrs M Caley, Windsor

1813 Clark & Debenham, Wigmore Street

1813 Benjamin Harvey, Knightsbridge (later Harvey Nichols)

1817 Schoolbreds, Tottenham Court Road

1831 William Wink, Southsea (later Knight & Lee)

1832 Lilley & Skinner, Paddington Green

1832 Townsend & Daft, Nottingham (later Jessops 1860 and now JL Nottingham)

1833 Peter Robinson, Oxford Street

1836 Kendall, Milne & Faulkner, Manchester

1837 Marshall & Wilson (later Marshall & Snelgrove 1848)

1837 Daniel Neal, Portman estate

1838 Bainbridge, Newcastle (now JL Newcastle)

1840 Robert Sayle, Cambridge (now JL Cambridge)

1842 Maples, Tottenham Court Road

1845 Cole Brothers, Sheffield (now JL Sheffield)

1849 Henry Harrod, Brompton Road, Knightsbridge

1851 G Pratt, Streatham

1852 Bon Marche, Paris

1853 George & Henry Lee, Liverpool (now JL Liverpool)

1854 John Heelas, Reading (now JL Reading)

1856 Thomas Burberry, Basingstoke

1856 Lewis’s of Liverpool

1858 Jolly’s of Bath

1861 Morris & Co

1862 Derry & Toms, Kensington High Street

1863 William Whitely, Westbourne Grove

1864 John Lewis, Oxford Street

1867 Jones Brothers, Holloway

1867 Bentalls, Kingston

1870 John Barker, Kensington High Street

1870 Matthews, Watford (later Trewins and now JL Watford)

1871 Peter Jones, Sloane Square

1871 Army & Navy Co-operative Society

1873 Pontings, Kensington High Street

1873 William Owen, Westbourne Grove

1875 Liberty’s, Regent Street

1877 Lewis’s Bon Marche, Liverpool

1877 Bon Marche, Brixton

1879 D H Evans, Oxford Street

1882 Fenwicks, Newcastle

1891 Fenwick’s, New Bond Street

1894 Bourne & Hollingsworth, Westbourne Grove (1902 Oxford Street)

1900 John Barnes, Hampstead

1909 Selfridges, Oxford Street

1929 John Lewis Partnership

 

 

 

 

 

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