Apr 9, 2019

Debenhams in administration: a timeline

Roots can be traced back London's West End, when William Clark opened a retail store on Wigmore Street, selling expensive fabrics and gloves. William Debenham invests in the company, which then becomes Clark & Debenham. Debenhams is incorporated following a series of retail, wholesale and manufacturing acquisitions eventually becoming one of the largest retailers in the UK.1919. The department store merges with rival Marshall & Snellgrove and one year later buys Knightsbridge retailer Harvey Nichols. Debenhams lists as a public company, marking its first foray on the UK stock market.

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