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Timeline- A History of Debenhams

With the company in recovery from their January slump in sales, Drapers casts an eye over happier times for the department store…

1778 – Business is founded as a small drapers firm called Flink & Clark

1813- William Debenhams invests in the firm, changing the name to ‘Clark and Debenhams’.  The store specialises in expensive fabrics as well as bonnets, gloves and parasols. 

1818 – Second store opens in Cheltenham

1905- The company is rebranded into the modern Debenhams group under the name ‘Debenhams Limited’.

1920- Debenhams purchases Knightsbridge’s Harvey Nichols.

1928 – Debenhams lists on the London Stock Exchange

1976 – Debenhams acquires Browns of Chester – the only store to retain its original brand identity

1985- Debenhams is acquired by The Burton Group. The department store is later demerged and in 2003 bought by private consortium Baroness Retail

1993- Designers at Debenhams launches

2003 – Debenhams opens its largest British store at Birmingham’s Bull Ring shopping centre.

2009 -  Debenhams acquires Principles, and later in the year Danish department store group Magasin Du Nord.

September 2011- After eight years as chief executive of the brand, Rob Templemen retires  handing the reins over to The Burton Group’s Michael Sharp.

July 2012- Debenhams launches its first foreign website in Germany. 

March 2013 - Debenhams issues profit warning, saying it had been badly affected by poor weather.

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