Harvey Nichols

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Harvey Nichols Group Ltd.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Retail
Founded London, UK (1831)
Number of locations 12
Parent Dickson Concepts
Website http://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 English department store chain with a flagship store in Knightsbridge, London. It sells fashion collections for women and men, fashion accessories, beauty products, wine and food.

History[edit]

In 1831 Benjamin Harvey opened a linen shop in a terraced house on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street in London.

In 1835 the shop expanded to number 8 next door, and would continue to expand into successive properties over the following years. In 1841 Benjamin employed James Nichols from Oxfordshire. In 1845 Nichols was promoted to management and in 1848 he married Harvey’s niece, Anne Beale.

Benjamin Harvey died in 1850, leaving the business in the care of his wife Anne, who went into partnership with James Nichols to form Harvey Nichols & Co.

In 1889, the existing space was demolished to make way for a new department store. The building was designed by C Q Stephens and built in stages between 1889 and 1894. In 1904 the location underwent a change of address to become 109-125 Knightsbridge. In 1920 Harvey Nichols was purchased by Debenhams.[1]

In 1975 a restaurant called Harvey’s opened on the fifth floor. Princess Diana was a regular client. In 1985 Harvey Nichols was bought by the Burton Group.

In 1991 the company was bought by Dickson Poon of Dickson Concepts and the store was refurbished. A new restaurant, café, bar and food market, designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson, opened on the fifth floor, with a lift which allowed for later opening hours after the main store closed.

Locations[edit]

As of 2013[edit]

In the United Kingdom, Harvey Nichols has stores in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and a Beauty Bazaar at Harvey Nichols' store in Liverpool. It 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.[2] 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 foodmarket. 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[3] until 9 January 2012. The 22,000 square foot store is now open in Manesty's Lane in the Liverpool One shopping area .[4]

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.[5]

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.

In May 2013, Harvey Nichols announced they were to double the size of the Birmingham store located in The Mailbox complex. The store will cover 45,000 square foot, double the size of the existing store. The renovation is expected to last until 2015.[6]

From 2014[edit]

On 17 February 2014 [7] Stacey Cartwright joined Harvey Nichols as Chief Executive Officer of the Harvey Nichols Group of Companies. She replaced Joseph Wan, who held the position of CEO for 21 years and who retired at the end of March 2014.

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.[8]

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.

Fur Contention[edit]

In September 2013, Harvey Nichols resumed the sale of fur in its United Kingdom stores following a decade-long embargo. The decision attracted much criticism, focused on the way animals were treated. The company denied allegations of cruelty and insisted its furs are "ethically sourced" from reputable suppliers.

A Canadian company who supply coyote furs to Harvey Nichols has also publicly disclosed a statement admitting capturing the animals from the wild in leg-hold traps. An article which appeared in The Daily Mail in January 2014 suggested the coyotes can be "in pain for days", with a Spokesperson from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) commenting: "Mother animals will chew off their limbs in order to get back to their young. The trapped animal might be there for days before the trapper comes and finds them, they are frightened and starving and in pain during that time. And then they’re bludgeoned or strangled to death or shot."

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ http://www.debenhamsplc.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=196805&p=history
  2. ^ "Harvey Nichols to Close Just 2 Years After Opening". Bataviase.co.id. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Bartlett, David. "Harvey Nichols close to agreeing deal to open in Liverpool One – Liverpool News – News". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Houghton, Alistair. "'Liverpool One Shop For Harvey Nichols' – Liverpool Echo, 9th January 2012". Liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Harvey Nichols in Sydney?". Businessspectator.com.au. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Alexander, Ella (30 May 2013). "Harvey Nichols' New Move: Bigger, Better And In Birmingham". Vogue. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Vogue- Meet Harvey Nichols's New CEO". Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  8. ^ 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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