John Collier (clothing retailer)
John Collier was a British chain of shops selling men's clothes.
In 1958, the company was sold to UDS, which renamed it John Collier. It continued to trade within the UDS empire until 1983 when UDS was sold to Hanson plc. In order to recoup the cost of the purchase Hanson sold on a number of UDS assets, including John Collier to a management buy-out team. In 1985 the company was sold on to the Burton Group, but the brand was discontinued and no longer exists today.
On 17 December 1975, the Prince of Wales visited to officially open the head office extension. The huge complex in Kirkstall Road, Leeds, had two factories, No. 1 factory and No. 2 factory, in Evanston Avenue. This is now occupied by the Cardigan Fields Leisure and Entertainment complex. Other factories existed in Westland Road in Leeds, Powlett Road in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, South Shields and Peterlee. One by one they closed, leaving only Hartlepool and Middlesbrough by the late 1970s. The last factory to remain open was Hartlepool, after the closure of the Middlesbrough factory.
The advertising tagline used in a number of variations over the years was John Collier - The Window to Watch.
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