Harvey Nichols

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Harvey Nichols
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryRetail
FoundedLondon, England, UK (1831)
Number of locations12
ParentDickson Concepts
Websitehttp://www.harveynichols.com/
 
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Harvey Nichols
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryRetail
FoundedLondon, England, UK (1831)
Number of locations12
ParentDickson Concepts
Websitehttp://www.harveynichols.com/
Harvey Nichols at the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street in London
Harvey Nichols on Briggate in Leeds. This was the second branch in the world.
A Harvey Nichols advertisement encourages women to buy a pair of shoes
A branch store in Central, Hong Kong

Harvey Nichols, founded in 1831, is an upmarket department store chain. Its original store is in London. Founded in 1831 as a linen shop, it sells many international brands of clothing for women and men, fashion accessories, beauty products, wine and food. Harvey Nichols attracts more younger shoppers than its rival Harrods.

History[edit]

In 1831 Benjamin Harvey opened a linen shop in a terraced house on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street in London.[1] The business passed on to Harvey's daughter on the understanding that she go b into partnership with Colonel Nichols, selling Oriental carpets, silks, and luxury goods alongside the linens.[1]

The existing Knightsbridge store, which was built by Higgs and Hill,[2] was opened in 1880,[1] with the rear section added in 1932.

In 1919 Harvey Nichols was bought by Debenhams, and in 1985 became part of the Burton Group.[1] In 1991, the store was acquired by Dickson Concepts, an international retailer and distributor of branded luxury goods based in Hong Kong and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.[1] In April 1996, Harvey Nichols obtained a full listing on the London Stock Exchange and for the next seven years, remained a listed company. 1996 also marks the year when Harvey Nichols opened their first store outside of London.

In February 2003 Harvey Nichols returned to private ownership.

Locations[edit]

As of 2011[edit]

In the United Kingdom, Harvey Nichols has stores in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol. It also has a store in Al-Faysaliyah Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a store at Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin in Ireland and one in Central, Hong Kong. It opened a store in Istanbul's Kanyon Shopping Mall on 13 October 2006. In February 2006, it opened a store in Dubai, designed by architecture firm Callison in the Mall of the Emirates. The Dubai store is operated by Al Tayer Insignia,(Al Tayer group LLC) the luxury retail arm of Al Tayer Group. A store in the Grand Indonesia mall in Jakarta, Indonesia was operated by the Indonesian retail conglomerate Mitra Adiperkasa (MAP) from October 2008, but closed due to poor performance in September 2010.[3] The London flagship store is located in Knightsbridge, a few streets from rival Harrods.

In addition to its fashion retailing business, Harvey Nichols redeveloped the top floor of its London flagship store to create a restaurant, bar, café, wine shop, and food market. A similar concept operates from the top floors of all Harvey Nichols full-size stores. In 1996 Harvey Nichols launched its first stand-alone restaurant in London, the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar, and Brasserie, viewing the River Thames. OXO and three of the in-store restaurants were designed by London-based architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

From 2011[edit]

On 25 January 2009 a new store opening was announced for Kuwait which is scheduled to open in autumn/winter 2012. On 21 December 2011, the Liverpool Daily Post newspaper reported that negotiations were in an advanced stage for Harvey Nichols to open a store in the Liverpool One shopping centre, although this was not confirmed by the store[4] until 9 January 2012. The 22,000 square foot store is to open in the autumn of 2012.[5]

In January 2010 the Westfield Group announced that Harvey Nichols had been invited to open its second store in the Southern Hemisphere at the A$860 million Westfield Sydney by 2012.[6]

A store was announced to open in Admiralty, Hong Kong in October, 2011.

Harvey Nichols Bristol store at Cabot Circus opened in September 2008. The tower above is luxury flats.

Controversy[edit]

Soon after opening a new store in Edinburgh in 2002, managers faced an official complaint after staff tried to stop a homeless man selling the Big Issue magazine outside.[7]

In mid-2003 objections were made to a Harvey Nichols magazine advertisement that appeared in Vogue, ELLE and Harpers & Queen and on a poster. The complainants objected that the advertisement was irresponsible, because it showed unsafe driving and was offensive to people who had been, or who knew people who had been, involved in road accidents.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e "History". Harvey Nichols. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "London Metropolitan Archives". Aim25.ac.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Harvey Nichols to Close Just 2 Years After Opening". Bataviase.co.id. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Bartlett, David. "Harvey Nichols close to agreeing deal to open in Liverpool One – Liverpool News – News". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Houghton, Alistair. "'Liverpool One Shop For Harvey Nichols' – Liverpool Echo, 9th January 2012". Liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Harvey Nichols in Sydney?". Businessspectator.com.au. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Published on Saturday 17 August 2002 01:00 (17 August 2002). "Magazine sales a Big Issue at Harvey Nicks". The Scotsman. UK. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 

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