About this store
In 1890 Rackham & Co was acquired by Charles Richards, a trader in Snowhill, who managed the store until 1907. The premises were extended in 1898 into the North Western Arcade and two years later a dressmaking business was launched. In 1955 Rackhams was acquired by Harrods who were able to expand the premises, by 1959 House of Fraser had acquired the premises with plans to make it one of the most important department stores in the West Midlands. The store saw celebrity Amanda Holden re launch its name in 2003, when Rackhams simply became House of Fraser. The store offers three restaurants, one that offers a view of the city centre skyline, it is the largest House of Fraser store at 500,000sq ft, the exterior of the building with its black, and grey check is unique, setting it apart from the older brick buildings of the city centre, giving it its distinctive look.