DEBENHAMS AT CHRISTMAS
On December 25th, 1813, William Debenham joined William Clark at Clark’s drapery shop on 44 Wigmore Street in London. This partnership was the creation of Debenham’s Department Store.
Clark had been in operation since 1778 meaning that Debenham’s can trace its roots back over 238 years, The company has grown to over 175 stores operating in the UK, Ireland and Denmark (Mostly though acquisitions).
Toad Lane Museum from the outside, first premises of “The Rochdale Pioneers” early successful retail Co-operative, Rochdale England. by Scarletharlot69
On December 21,1844, the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers opened their tiny shop at 31 Toad Lane. After working months to recruit 28 members and collect £28 in capital (£1 from each member), the store had finally opened. Unlike other shops, the Pioneers operated as a cooperative.
The shelves were sparsely stocked with butter, sugar, flour, oatmeal and a few candles. Merchandise was soon expanded to include tea and tobacco and the co-op earned a reputation for providing unadulterated, high quality goods at a fair price.
While certainly not the first cooperative, the Rochdale Pioneers was the first successful modern co-op. What set the Pioneers up for success was the adoption of the now famous Rochdale Principles.
- Voluntary and open membership.
- Democratic control.
- Member economic participation.
- Autonomy and independence
- Education training and information
- Cooperation among cooperatives
- Concern for community
The principles continue to guide all modern retail co-ops. From their humble beginning, the co-op movement began and within 10 years there were nearly 1,000 cooperatives operating in Britain.
The Rochdale Pioneers work continues today with 4500 locations, 4.5 million active members, over 70,000 employees and revenue of £9.36 billion. http://www.coop.co.uk
Switzerland is famous for watches, cheese and chocolate. While in Geneva, we saw all three but it was only the chocolate that really interested us. After all, chocolate is a very affordable luxury unlike swiss watches. We made a quick stop at Favorer’s shop which was near our hotel for a little indulgence.
Favarger, founded in 1826, is the last remaining Swiss chocolatier actually producing in Geneva. All we picked up were a couple of kilogram bars of milk chocolate. How could we resist, they were 2 for 1!
On November 3rd, 2015, Amazon opens their first brick & mortar store selling books in the University Village Mall in Seattle.
Macy’s at the opening of the Hillsdale Center in the late 50’s
On October 28th, 1858, Capt. Rowland Hussey Macy opened his fifth dry goods store after his first four failed.
After his four failed attempts in Massachusetts between 1843 and 1855, Macy moved to New York City and opened his latest store, the R.H.Macy’s & Co. on 6th Street that was considerably north of the dry goods retail stores of the time. In spite of the risky location, Macy brought in $11.08, equivalent of $303. Macy’s logo has always been the red star which was a tattoo that R.H. had gotten when he was a whaler.
Macy’s opened their flagship Herald Square location in 1902 that has since grown to become the world’s largest department store in 1924. It is now 2.2 million square feet.
Alexander Blecher, blecher.info
Eastpak, a backpack company that traces its roots back to making bags for the US military, was acquired by VF in the year 2000. To expand their business, Eastpak and VF came up with a three-part strategy for growth; Diversify the offerings, Globalize the brand, Create a Lifestyle brand.
How did they do? The reason for this post was the predominance of the Eastpak brand on the streets of Europe.
Having traveled to Paris a number of times in the past, my wife and I have already visited most of the key tourist attractions from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower. But in all of our time in Paris, we never thought to visit any bicycle shops. Since we are both avid cyclist, we realized this was an oversight that need to be rectified on our recent trip.
Alex Singer was our first shop to visit. To be honest, I was not seeking out legendary service but rather to see one of the last shops of an era that is dying out, the era of the constructeurs.
“During the “Golden Age,” small makers built amazing bicycles that transcended their function to become a form of art. Their craftsmanship was not limited to the frame, but included hand-made derailleurs, brakes, stems, racks and other components. The entire bicycle was carefully designed and crafted as a unit, combining function and beauty. Famous makers like René Herse, Alex Singer, Jo Routens and others spent countless hours on each bicycle in their search for perfection.” -Jan Heine from Bicycle Quarterly
53 Rue Victor Hugo, Home of Singer Bicycles
Bicycles with custom stems and racks
New bicycles and old trophies
Panniers for the cycle-touriste
Hammered fenders and other goodies
Center pulls, side pulls and single rings
New stock and old bikes
1953 Alex Singer Bicycle ridden by Ernest Csuka
Photo of Ernest and Leone Czuka racing the 1954 Poly de Huizingen
Recent Alex Singer
Stylish crankset, matching bottle cage and fenders complete the look
The cockpit of a newer model
No register, just hand addition on a scrap of paper and a cash drawer
Custom cassette or freewheel anyone?
The sanctum sanctorum, where the bikes are built
Made in Paris Exhibition
Alex Singer Bicycle at Made in Paris Exhibit
Detail from Alex Singer Made in Paris Bicycle
Square Louison Bobet
Zion Cooperative Mercantile Institution 1910
On October 9th, 1868, the first full-line department store in the United States is opened in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brigham Young of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) founded the Zion Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) to serve the people of Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC).
“The formal opening by Field, Leiter & Co., of Potter Palmer’s new marble palace on the corner of Washington and State streets, last evening, was the grandest affair of the kind whichever transpired, even in Chicago, the city of grand affairs,” reported the Chicago Tribune about the opening of the Field, Leiter & Company’s new store on Chicago’s State Street on October 12th, 1868.
Southdale Center circa 1958
MN Historical Society
On October 8th, 1956, Southdale Mall opens in Edina, MN. It is the oldest fully enclosed climate-controlled mall in the United States.
The head of Dayton’s Department Store commissioned a study that determined that Minnesota only has 126 “ideal shopping weather days” a year. With that in mind, Donald Dayton hired Victor Gruen to design and build a fully enclosed shopping mall. The original design for the 500 acres included the mall, houses, a school, medical center and a park with a lake. The mall and the medial center were all that were ever completed.
75,000 people attended opening day taking full advantage of the free parking arranged in animal-themed sections. There were 72 smaller shops and two anchor department stores. 60 years later, Southdale is still serving the shoppers of Minnesota.