we're House of Fraser (fondly known by those who love us as 'HoF') and we've been on a mission to provide your heart's desires for more than 150 years. From humble Drapery Shop in Victorian Glasgow to internationally inspirational department store, we've come a long way and we're still making history every day. We're so much more than just a house; we're a whole universe full of your favourite things. Want to know more about how the magical walk-in wardrobe we call home came to be?
Way back in 1849, Hugh Fraser and James Arthur opened a drapery shop at the corner of Argyle Street & Buchanan Street in Glasgow. By 1941, what started as a small, local shop acquired a number of businesses in Scotland and became House of Fraser Ltd.
In 1953, with Hugh Fraser's sons at the helm, we add Binns Ltd to our list of businesses bought, extending our reach across Scotland and into North East England and Carlisle. In 1957 House of Fraser takes control of luxury department store, Harrods.
During this time, we take on a number of stores, some of which go on to become the brands you love to wear today; including Dickins & Jones, Rackhams & Cavendish House.
Through this period we continue to grow, acquiring Dingles group in 1971 and gaining new owners, the Fayeds, in 1985. In 1994 House of Fraser becomes a plc, and is floated on the stock exchange for £484 million. A major refurbishment programme begins.
Between 1997 & 2000, we launch our now renowned house brands including Womenswear, Menswear & Homeware collections by Linea and a Womenswear Collection by Therapy.
We open the London City Store in 2003, in 2005 stores open in Ireland and Norwich. Jenners & Beatties department stores become part of the House of Fraser brand.
With Executive Chairman Don McCarthy, Chief Executive John King and the rest of the Highland Group team now running the show, we launch 12 new house brands, each with their own identity and target market, they quickly develop a following.
2013 sees House of Fraser go global! Our first international store opens in Abu Dhabi's World Trade Center Mall.
Following record Christmas sales in 2014, this year marks the beginning of a new and exciting journey for House of Fraser as we welcome our new owners, Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store Co. Ltd, and continue to grow our online business.