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London Department Stores – Debenhams

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Debenhams

Location – 334-348 Oxford Street, London, W1C 1JG

The origins of Debenhams is a drapers store opened by William Clark in 1778, in 1813 William Debenham became a partner in the firm that was renamed Clark and Debenham.

In 1851 Clement Freebody became a partner so the name changed to Debenham and Freebody, it was not until 1905 that the business became a limited company known as Debenhams Limited.

In the 19th and 20th century the company made many acquisitions including the Knightsbridge retailer Harvey Nichols in 1920.

By 1950,Debenhams was the largest department store group in the UK, owning 84 companies and 110 stores. In 2014 it trades out of 240 stores in 28 countries.

In 2013 Debenhams undertook a £40 million refurbishment of the flagship store in Oxford Street, which included the installation of 180,000 aluminium tiles on the exterior of the building.

Best known for its fashionwear, accessories and homeware. The Oxford Street store has a large cosmetic products floor and three restaurants/cafes.

General Opening Hours

Monday     09:30 to 20:00

Tuesday    09:30 to 20:00

Wednesday  09:30 to 21:00

Thursday   09:30 to 21:00

Friday     09:30 to 21:00

Saturday   09:30 to 21:00

Sunday     12:00 to 18:00