DEPARTMENT STORES

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The H2H Online Shopping Mall includes the top international better, designer and luxury department stores. World renown for their high fashions and extensive assortments, the list includes iconic names like HarrodsSaks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macys, John Lewis and House of Fraser. Rounding out the offering are some of the largest chain department stores, such as Sears, JC Penney, Target, BHS (British Home Stores) and Walmart.

Find out more about their long histories, unique foundings and how they have succeeded in the competitive world of retail.

Christmas Shopping in London (Virtually)

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London is a great city to visit and shop anytime of the year, but especially at the holidays. The energy and hustle & bustle of London easily gets you in a festive mood. Throngs of Christmas shoppers, all bundled up and rushing about under tinseled street decorations, is like a modern-day Dickens story. The brisk temperatures outdoors make the warmth of specialty and department stores even that much more inviting. Join us as we take you on a virtual shopping trip of some of our favorite retail destinations in London.  Oxford Street is a must for anyone even thinking about … Continue reading

Christmas Bears

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Whether you are looking for a gift for a baby or (admit it) want one for yourself, these five department store branded Christmas bears are adorable and worth a look! Left to right: Harrods – Jasper is the name of  Harrods 2014 Christmas Bear. He's dressed in the color of the season…red! The Harrods monogram is embroidered on his left foot. £24.95. Saks Fifth Avenue – Meet Jack the Bear, friend of designers, rock stars and royalty. A simple black bow around his neck and the Saks monogram embroidered on his left foot. $50. Macys – Thanksgiving Day Parade Bandleader Bear, outfitted … Continue reading

El Corte Ingles

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El Corte Ingles is the largest department store chain in Spain, founded by Ramon Areces in 1940. The first store was opened in Madrid and it is where the company is still headquartered. In 2013, the El Corte Ingles department stores, as a division of the El Corte Ingles Group, generated sales revenue of €8.4 billion, which accounted for 59% of total company sales. El Corte Ingles currently operates just under 100 stores streching across the country from Santiago de Compostela in the northwest on the Atlantic Ocean, to Alicante in the southeast on the Mediterranean Sea. This includes 19 … Continue reading

Premium Department Stores Leverage Names at Holidays

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There are only a handful of department stores which have the ability to leverage their name with consumers when the holidays roll around. It is a very select few which have built their brand well enough to be able to put it on Christmas tree ornaments and then have those decorations blow out, often at prices substantially higher than other decorations they sell.  Below are examples of ornaments from 5 retailers in this very select group of stores. They have spent years developing and maintaining a relationship with their customers while also remaining respected and aspirational to the general public at large. Find below ornaments … Continue reading

H&M to Take Over Maison de Bonneterie Locations

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Not too long ago we eulogized the Maison de Bonneterie store in The Hague prior to its closing. We provided some insight into the history of the landmark building and rhetorically wondered what would become of the location?  The answer to that question was revealed today when Vogue NL announced that H&M would establish flagship stores in both of the former Maison de Bonneterie locations, on the Rokin in Amsterdam and on the Buitenhof in The Hague.  The Amsterdam location offers approximately 5,000 sqm of retail space on 7 selling floors. The Hague store is just slightly smaller at 4,500 sqm on 6 levels. The stores … Continue reading

Nordstrom Opens First Store in Canada

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American department store chain first announced its international intentions back in September 2012. At the time, four Canada stores were mentioned with additional locations to come. The number rose to 6 Canadian Nordstrom stores earlier this year. Last week the first of those six stores opened, at the Chinook Center in Calgary, Alberta. The Calgary store is set up just like most American stores, broken into the following departments:  WOMENS: Apparel, Beauty & Fragrance, Handbags & Accessories, Lingerie & Hosiery and Shoes MENS: Apparel, Furnishings and Shoes CHILDRENS: Boys, Girls, Babies and Shoes Services which are available in the Calgary Nordstrom store include: … Continue reading

Neiman Marcus Headed to NYC

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It was recently announced that Neiman Marcus is the latest retailer heading to the island of Manhattan in the United States' largest city, New York. However, unlike Nordstrom, which also announced plans to open a store there after years of searching for an adequate location, Neiman's does already have a presence in the form of Bergdorf Goodman, the luxury retailer it owns. But the new store will be the first time the company's flagship nameplate will exist in Manhattan.  Construction is already well under way on the Hudson Yards complex in which the Neiman Marcus store will be located. It runs from 30th-34th Streets and … Continue reading

Kohls Department Stores

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Kohl's is an American department store chain which targets consumers in the lower to mid-tier price range. The firm is headquartered in the Great Lakes region, just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. Founded in 1946 as a supermarket, the first Kohls department store did not appear until 1962. By 1973, there were 6 Kohls department stores when the family-owned company was sold to BAT (British American Tobacco company).  By 1986 there were 40 locations in the region (predominantly Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana) and BAT sold the chain to a group of investors led by Kohls upper management. Although the company … Continue reading

John Lewis Turns 150 Years Old

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John Lewis is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. The venerable British department store chain, founded in 1864 as a drapery store on London's Oxford Street, has now sold to roughly 6 generations of shoppers. To put it in perspective, when John Lewis opened his Oxford Street store, London's population was 3.4 million. House of Fraser wouldn't appear in London for another 15 years (1879) and Selfridges would not be seen for another half century (1909).  Today, one hundred and fifty years later, the city's population has more than doubled to 8.2 million. John Lewis has grown from one small specialty shop into into a … Continue reading

House of Fraser Bought By Chinese Conglomerate

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If you haven't been keeping up with retail news, a pretty big story broke broke about a week ago and was confirmed earlier today. The 60-unit British department store chain House of Fraser is being bought by China's Sanpower Group. The deal is set to be finalized later this week, according to Women's Wear Daily. House of Fraser has been a part of the retail scene in Great Britain since 1849. During its colorful history, it acquired many other department stores, including Beatties, Jenners and Howells. But probably the most well-known store it acquired was Harrods in 1959. House of Fraser owned Harrods … Continue reading

Sarah Jessica Parker and Nordstrom Team Up

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Sarah Jessica Parker, best known for her playing Carrie Bradshaw, the fictional New York relationships columnist and over the top fashionista, has created a capsule collection which launches this week exclusively at select Nordstrom stores as well as on Nordstrom.com. As one would expect, the mini-collection is focused primarily on two product categories: shoes and bags, with a few iconic clothing pieces, such as a grosgrain-trimmed nylon trench available in navy and khaki. In support of the launch, Parker is make in-store appearances at 5 Nordstrom stores throughout the country. These include a pop up store in New York's SoHo (372 … Continue reading

Saks Fifth Avenue to Open in Canada

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Almost 3 months to the day Hudson Bay Corporation (HBC) closed the deal to acquire American luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, it announced the first Saks store openings in Canada. Both stores will be located in Toronto, the most populated city in the country and forth most populated in North America (after Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles). While the announcement comes as no surprise, having been mentioned in the takeover plan, the location and timing of the openings sends a direct message to Nordstrom that it will need to compete hard to get market share. Nordstrom previously announced six … Continue reading

Expansion News for Nordstrom

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Nordstrom is an iconic name when it comes to the retail industry. The venerable 137-year old establishment has expanded from its roots as a small regional shoe chain in the Pacific Northwest, renown for its high-level of customer service, to become a major force in the American fashion world. And it's not about to stop there! In late 2009, Nordstrom partnered with a company called Fifty One, which enabled it to begin accepting, fulfilling and shipping orders from international customers abroad. This has allowed international shoppers familiar with Nordstrom (for example, tourists who might visit a Nordstrom store while vacationing in the States, American expatriates … Continue reading

Lord & Taylor Mizner Park

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If you haven't been in South Florida lately, you may not be aware that a few short months ago, Lord & Taylor continued its recent expansion (begun in 2012) by returning to South Florida with its first full-price store in almost a decade. The 80,000 square foot, 2-level L&T store is located at Mizner Park, the outdoor lifestyle center located in Boca Raton, Florida. The brand and merchandise assortment in the Boca Raton store is well edited, with a focus on brands more relevant to the Florida market. That need for a special assortment becomes much more apparent in the Fall/Winter than in … Continue reading

H2H Online Mall Store: Sears

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Sears department stores, one of the largest retailers in the world, was founded in 1886 by Richard W. Sears. Sears started out by selling watches in Stewartville, Minnesota. A couple of years later, he moved the business to Chicago which is where he met and hired Alvah Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker. By the mid 1890's, the company was called Sears, Roebuck & Co. and it had began to expand the range of products it offered in its successful mail-order catalog. It was primarily focused on the rural customer, who had a harder time finding products in easy to reach stores, as this … Continue reading