July 24, 2024


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Back to the future with London’s Lost Department Stores

Back to the future with London’s Lost Department Stores

Our significant streets are still littered with the stays of former department suppliers such as the shells of once stunning shops of Debenhams, House of Fraser and BHS that have been a short while ago joined by various John Lewis & Associates attributes.

Amid the carnage now it is unbelievable to consider that London (and its suburbs) by yourself supported more than 100 section outlets in the 1900s. But it’s true and evidence of this astounding interval is chronicled in the lately revealed guide ‘London’s Dropped Division Stores’ from Safe Haven Publications.

It offers an simple-reading snapshot of an array of these now regrettably departed grand retailers like quite a few common names to me: Dickens & Jones, Waring & Gillow, Barkers, Significant Biba, Whiteleys and Allders. There’s also a lot of that experienced very long ceased trading prior to I moved down to the cash including Stagg & Mantle, Pratts, Gorringes and the terrifically named Bodgers.

The anecdote-pushed accounts of these several suppliers really a lot presents a social historical past of purchasing from the Victorian period of time onwards. It is enhanced by chapters on linked themes this sort of as pioneering gals in the sector and office stores through war.

As well as remaining composed in an obtainable style by author Tessa Boase the reserve is further introduced to daily life by the marvelous range of shots that include drastically to the publication. The photograph-abundant structure with unique division retailer profiles makes sure this is a ebook that can be very easily dipped into any time the reader fancies a bit of nostalgia and wants to be be transported to a interval when retail definitely was offering an remarkable quantity of theatre to shoppers.

We now live in a time period when shops are concentrating ever additional on injecting better experiences into their bodily stores and this e book will not only acquire them back again in time but it may well also position them in the route in which they will need to go with their companies in the foreseeable future.

London’s Missing Division Merchants is offered from Secure Haven Books priced £16.99.

Glynn Davis, editor, Retail Insider