11 Facts About Harrods


Harrods Limited is a department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London, England.

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Harrods motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique, which is Latin for "all things for all people, everywhere".

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Harrods was a founder of the International Association of Department Stores in 1928, which is still active today, and remained a member until 1935.

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Harrods rapidly expanded, acquired the adjoining buildings, and employed one hundred people by 1881.

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On 16 November 1898, Harrods debuted England's first "moving staircase" in their Brompton Road stores; the device was actually a woven leather conveyor belt-like unit with a mahogany and "silver plate-glass" balustrade.

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In 1994, Harrods was moved out of the House of Fraser Group to remain a private company prior to the group's relisting on the London Stock Exchange.

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Al-Fayed later revealed in an interview that he decided to sell Harrods following the difficulty in getting his dividend approved by the trustee of the Harrods pension fund.

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In October 2009, Harrods Bank started selling gold bars and coins that customers could buy "off the shelf".

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Harrods is the only department store in Britain that has continued to sell fur.

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Harrods was sharply criticised in 2004 by the Hindu community for marketing a line of feminine underwear which featured the images of Indian goddesses.

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Harrods was criticised by members of the Black community after the Daily Telegraph reported that Harrods staff told a black woman that she would not be employed unless she chemically straightened her hair, stating that her natural hair style was "unprofessional".

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