Back to the future with London’s Lost Department Stores

Our superior streets are however littered with the continues to be of former department outlets which includes the shells of after stunning stores of Debenhams, House of Fraser and BHS that have been just lately joined by various John Lewis & Associates attributes.

Amid the carnage today it is remarkable to imagine that London (and its suburbs) alone supported around 100 division stores in the 1900s. But it’s real and proof of this remarkable time period is chronicled in the just lately released guide ‘London’s Misplaced Department Stores’ from Secure Haven Textbooks.

It presents an straightforward-looking at snapshot of an array of these now sadly departed grand outlets which includes many common names to me: Dickens & Jones, Waring & Gillow, Barkers, Major Biba, Whiteleys and Allders. There is also a lot of that had lengthy ceased trading right before I moved down to the cash including Stagg & Mantle, Pratts, Gorringes and the terrifically named Bodgers.

The anecdote-driven accounts of these several retailers pretty a lot offers a social historical past of browsing from the Victorian period of time onwards. It is increased by chapters on similar themes these kinds of as revolutionary women in the sector and division suppliers throughout war.

As nicely as becoming penned in an obtainable model by author Tessa Boase the guide is even more introduced to existence by the marvelous range of photos that incorporate drastically to the publication. The photo-rich structure with personal department keep profiles guarantees this is a guide that can be easily dipped into every time the reader fancies a bit of nostalgia and would like to be be transported to a time period when retail seriously was providing an unbelievable total of theatre to purchasers.

We now live in a period of time when merchants are focusing at any time more on injecting greater encounters into their actual physical outlets and this guide will not only take them again in time but it may possibly also place them in the course in which they need to have to go with their organizations in the long term.

London’s Shed Section Retailers is obtainable from Secure Haven Guides priced £16.99.

Glynn Davis, editor, Retail Insider