Dec 2, 2020

Debenhams: Over 200 years of history

Debenhams stores across the UK are set to close after final attempts to rescue the ailing store chain failed. In 1778, William Clark opened a drapers store at 44 Wigmore Street in London's West End, where he sold expensive fabrics, bonnets, gloves and parasols. William Debenham invested in the firm in 1813 and it was renamed Clark & Debenham. A wholesale business was established alongside its retail stores and offices were opened in South Africa, Australia, Canada and China, where they sold cloth to large retailers and dressmakers. In 1977, all stores owned by the business were rebranded as Debenhams, except for Brown's of Chester, which retained its original name.

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