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Harrods is Opening in Westfield London

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Wow, just read that Harrods is opening in Westfield London, Shepherds Bush, in the old Debenhams site.

Knew that Debenhams branch was closing but never ever expected Harrods to take over. Thought it would be more suited to the expensive end of Westfields.

Harrods: it’s a bastion of all things glam and gaudy, it’s a byword for luxury, a palace of possibility for princes and their spend-thrift mistresses. What it isn’t is an unit in an out-of-town shopping mall. Or at least, it wasn’t until just now when they announced a branch is opening in Westfield. Which is… a bit weird.

ivenailedit
1 month ago
What do you think of this?
angemski
angemski1 month ago

Tbh I also thought it was an unusual decision but the idea is to sell off everything that they can't sell in Knightsbridge. (us peasants get to have a rummage in the tycoons' leavings 😆 ) I wondered if the owner knew something we didn't - re-development of the area with big brand names moving in but the site is limited. I think it's going to be known as Harrods Outlet.

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit
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1 month ago

Suppose times are hard for even them. Still think poor choice of location in Westfields. You’re probably right angemski, in that inferior goods will be sold there, for us plebs to buy

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hspexy
hspexy1 month ago

Wow didn’t realise debenhams had closed permanently, although I knew it wasn’t very busy. I can’t see Harrods being any busier, although there are rich enough people in the area, usually tourists, who would shop there

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit
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1 month ago

Was shocked that one was closing too hspexy, but think better location in Westfields would have helped. Times must be hard if they didn’t wait for site in expensive end. Must have negotiated a great price

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hspexy
hspexy1 month ago

ivenailedit yes there’s probably not much space on the fancy end, as House of Fraser isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Harrods is just going to be a fancy souvenir shop. I suppose they’ve got the money to do it up

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit
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1 month ago

hspexy spot on. Think House of Fraser is not the same since taken over, gone downhill. Shame that can’t swap sites with Harrods spot

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Dennab
Dennab1 month ago

ivenailedit That's because Mike Ashley turns everything he touches into ****. The problem is that **** is so cheap, people buy it, a bit like Primark.

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hspexy
hspexy1 month ago

ivenailedit Lol we can thank Mike Ashley for that. It’s now a tatty, tatty shop, a replica of sports direct but without the cheap prices

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TheChimp
TheChimp1 month ago

Dennab I hate Mike Ashley. Will do anything for an extra penny.

He has ruined my football club.

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Dennab
Dennab1 month ago

TheChimp He's a cock.

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TheChimp
TheChimp1 month ago

Dennab Sir/Madam, you are correct.

If there would be anyone that I wanted to catch Covid-19, it would be Mike Ashley.

Coming in 2nd would be James Dyson with Richard Branson coming in a close 3rd.

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Dennab
Dennab1 month ago

TheChimp I used to really like Dyson but his actions in recent years have put me right off. Branson as well. It makes you wonder if they were just hiding their true colours from the start.

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TheChimp
TheChimp1 month ago

Dennab It's all about money with the lot of them.

Absolutely disgusting in my opinion.

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Dennab
Dennab1 month ago

TheChimp With Dyson, it was about the fight to realise an idea back when he started. The story of him being rejected by every vacuum manufacturer, building countless prototypes and finally succeeding under his own steam is fascinating. He's sold out and I don't mean the stock levels of his products!

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Dennab
Dennab1 month ago

Read articles like this and it starts to become clear why Harrods may branch out to the commoners:

https://www.ft.com/content/bd7d3c24-ef61-11e9-ad1e-4367d8281195

Also, didn't Harrods previously own House of Fraser? They've also had other shops in the past under different names.

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit
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1 month ago

Dennab, cannot read as not subscribed. Found this: The department store was acquired by House of Fraser in 1959, which in turn was purchased by the Fayed brothers in 1985. This is a joke - The Harrods motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique, which is Latin for "all things for all people, everywhere".

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ACR
ACR1 month ago

This may just be a temporary measure. The new location is an outlet store designed to sell discounted items that they were unable to sell as a result of the lockdown. They also want to reduce the number of people visiting the Knightsbridge store due to COVID-19. Westfield offers a large space that will enable them to accommodate a lot of customers while still observing social distancing measures. They already have additional shops at Gatwick and Heathrow airports that sell Harrods branded products for departing tourists. But, any further expansion - which in the current climate would seem unlikely - would risk diluting the appeal of the brand - https://www.cityam.com/harrods-to-open-westfield-outlet-shop-to-ease-pressure-on-knightsbridge-store/

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit
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1 month ago

Good article ACR, as makes absolute sense. Wealthy people cannot be doing with buying outdated stock. This is a joke - The Harrods motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique, which is Latin for "all things for all people, everywhere".

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MrsB66
MrsB661 month ago

I wish they would open in Scotland would be soo good

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc1 month ago

That's great considering a lot of people lost their jobs, but I always found them overpriced. To be fair, they do sell high end products, though an iPhone case for like £300?! 😐

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit
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1 month ago

PhilipMarc, that’s the idea to appeal to wealthy clientele. Good point at least lots of employment & will bring more shoppers to Westfields. As said above this is a joke - The Harrods motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique, which is Latin for "all things for all people, everywhere".

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ptenn00
ptenn001 month ago

it will no doubt be filled with the tourist souvenirs you find on one of the floors in their flagship store. They seem to be in most airports these days as well

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit
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1 month ago

Also fashion items that are now out of season, which the wealthy can’t be seen dead in. Will definitely be visiting to nose around ptenn00

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LeighReidAtanas
LeighReidAtanas1 month ago

Hopefully if they are opening an outlet store the cost of items will be more affordable for the people in the area as Harrods is v expensive and times are even tougher for some at present in terms of money.

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ivenailedit
ivenailedit
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1 month ago

Good point LeighReidAtanas, as they need to recoup some of the losses during lockdown. Westfield London is by Holland Park etc & they are loaded

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