Ten facts about Harvey Nichols that you probably didn’t know

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1. In 1831, Benjamin Harvey opened a linin store in a terraced house on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street, London.

2. Later on, Harvey passed the business on to his daughter, when the partnership with Colonel Nichols was formed. The store then sold silks, oriental carpets and luxury goods along with the original linens.

3. The current Knightsbridge store was opened in 1880, with the rear extension added in 1932.

4. Debenhams bought Harvey Nichols in 1919, and then the store become part of the Burton Group in 1985. But, in February 2003 it returned to being privately owned.

5. Harvey Nicholas opened their first store outside of London in 1996.

6. The Christmas 2011 advertising campaign caused controversy across the country with women seen making “the walk of shame” during the festive season; implying that with Harvey Nicholas, it’d never be shameful!

7. Shortly after the store opening in Edinburgh, 2002, managers of the shop received an official complaint as they tried to stop a homeless man selling The Big Issue outside.

8. Harvey Nichols stopped selling fur in UK stores after protests. This was put into action from 20th March 2004.

9. In June 2012, a series of Harvey Nicholas averts sparked controversy as men and women were shown appearing to wet themselves. All because of their excitement of the upcoming sale.

10. Harvey Nichols launched its first standalone restaurant in 1996, the Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie.

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