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Fraser and Sons

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In 1891 Hugh Fraser joined the partnership of Arthur and Fraser‎ and it was by then called Fraser and Sons.

In 1879 the current flagship store on Oxford Street in London was opened by Dan Harries Evans, a 23 year old from Whitemill in Carmarthenshire, Wales who had previously been apprenticed to a draper in Forest hamlet near Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. He moved to London in 1878 to set up his own business in Westminster Bridge Road. The store traded under the D. H. Evans name until 2001.

By 1900 Hugh Fraser II was in charge: he incorporated the business as Fraser and Sons Ltd in 1909 and introduced the famous stag’s head.

After Hugh Fraser II died in 1927, his son Hugh Fraser III, an accountant, became Chairman of the business. He opened new departments, enlarged the tearoom, opened a restaurant and also began to look at possible acquisitions.

In 1936 he purchased Arnott and Co and its neighbour Robert Simpson and Sons in nearby Argyle Street, merging the companies to help improve trade.

In 1948 the Company, now named House of Fraser, was first listed on the London Stock Exchange.


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