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House of Fraser

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House of Fraser is a British department store group with over 60 stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

It was established in Glasgow, Scotland in 1849 as Arthur and Fraser.

By 1891 it was known as Fraser and Sons.

The company grew steadily during the early 20th century, but after the Second World War, a large number of acquisitions would transform the company into a national chain.

Between 1936 and 1985 over seventy companies, not including their subsidiaries, were acquired.

In 1948, the company was first listed on the London Stock Exchange

1959 House of Fraser buys Harrods.


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