|Founded||London, England, UK (1831)|
|Number of locations||12|
Harvey Nichols, founded in 1831, is a luxury department store chain with a Flagship store in Knightsbridge, London. It sells international fashion collections for women and men, fashion accessories, beauty products, wine and food stores are also famed for award-winning restaurants, bars and brasseries.
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 Benhamin embloyed 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, purpose built department store. The building, as it is known today, 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 1975 a restaurant called Harvey’s opened on the Fifth Floor and was an instant success. Princess Diana was a regular client and would reserve a spot at the back. In 1985 Harvey Nichols was bought by the Burton Group.
In 1991 the company was bought by Dickson Poon of Dickson Concepts (International) Ltd. Subsequently, the store underwent a transformative refurbishment. A new Restaurant, Café, Bar and Foodmarket opened on the Fifth Floor, with a unique express lift which allowed for later opening hours after the main store closed. This concept proved immensely popular, gaining Harvey Nichols a lasting reputation for fashionable fine dining and a Champagne lifestyle.
As of 2011
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. 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.
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 until 9 January 2012. The 22,000 square foot store is to open in the autumn of 2012.
A store was announced to open in Admiralty, Hong Kong in October, 2011.
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.
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- "Harvey Nichols in Sydney?". Businessspectator.com.au. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
- 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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