Hatchers Department Store is one of the oldest department stores in the world. It was established as a drapery in 1775, as attested to by the stone work on one of its original premises, number 56 High Street, Taunton. Over the course of the next few years, the drapery business was expanded, until the business consisted of many departments, spread through several buildings in the centre of Taunton, Somerset.
It was only in the 1980s that the Hatcher family ended their 200-year control.
Now Hatchers continues to be independent and family run, with around 60 departments and 100 staff, still based on the High Street in Taunton. It operates from one 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) large site adjoining the Orchard Shopping Centre.