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Old March 10th, 2006, 05:11 AM   #1
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HARRODS in Argentina, Buenos Aires, as the old days!

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Financial Times remarks the Argentinian economy recovery, and as an example Harrod´s Departments Store , will re –open, in Buenos Aires City

“If someone still have doubts about the amazing Argentinian economy recovery, after 36 mounths the announce of the biggest history default , now can rest: Harrod ´s the luxury store , re-open in Buenos Aires” Says an article published on the Financial Times British Newspaper

The article mention and confirm that Harrod´s building, who has 7 floors , and it is in a 10000 sqm area in the downtown of the city, it had been empty for a long time and eventually now it´s gonna re open in September for a group of Italian and swiss investors who belongs to CBC-Interconfinanz

This shop, where CBC-Interconfinanz has the 51 % of shares , must to re open on September , Atilio Gibertoni CBC-Intercofinanz CEO said, to the newspaper,

And else for sure, the luck ok Harrod´s “it has been a mirror of the argentinian economy history”. For along 30 years since 1880, Argentina grew faster than any country in the world thanks to the corn and meat exportations.

On 1913, the next year of the Harrod´s opening in Buenos Aires , Argentina was the 6th. Economy power in the world”

Financial Times underline, however, that “ the seven floors of Harrods , were gradually closing” when the crisis was getting serious, and the worst happened on 1998 after long periods of inflation that on the ´80, they raised to 4000 % and then the recession.

The shop it hasn t formal bow with Harrods department store London. In fact , on the ´90 Mohammed Fayed; the egipcian owner of Harrods London lost a sue against Gibertoni to not allow use the Harrods name in the argentinian Store,


Harrods is an upmarket department store on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London. Apart from the store, the Harrods Group of companies includes Harrods Bank, Harrods Estates, Harrods Casino, Harrods Aviation and Air Harrods.

The store occupies a 4.5 acre (18,000 square metre) site and has over 1 million square feet (over 92,000 square metres) of selling space. [1] The Harrods motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique - All Things, For All People, Everywhere. Several of its departments, including the seasonal Christmas department and Food Hall are world famous for the abundance and quality of goods on offer. The nearest tube station to the flagship store is Knightsbridge. Harrods's current owner is the Egyptian tycoon Mohamed Al-Fayed who bought the store in 1985 for £615 million.

History

Harrods began in London's East End at the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign. In 1835, Charles Henry Harrod, a tea merchant and grocery wholesaler, started his own shop opposite of his home in Stepney. Harrod was worried by a cholera epidemic sweeping London and he knew a businessman who wanted to get out of a lease on a grocery shop in Knightsbridge. The shop was moved in 1849 to what was then semi-rural Brompton Road.

As Knightsbridge grew Harrods grew with it and several adjoining buildings were taken over by the store.

Mission Statement:

To be the number one department store in the world for luxury branded merchandise maintaining an unprecedented level of retail standards, expertise and profitability.

Through a combination of product, innovation and eccentricity, we aim to provide every customer with a truly unforgettable experience in our quintessentially British environment.


Harrods department store storefront1861 - Harrods undergoes a transformation when it was taken over by Harrod's son, Charles Digby Harrod.
December 6, 1883, fire gutted the shop buildings, giving the family the opportunity to rebuild on a grander scale.

1889 - Charles Digby Harrod retired, Harrods was floated on the London Stock Exchange under the name Harrod's Stores Limited.

1912 - Harrods opened its only foreign branch in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The store was modeled on the Knightsbridge store. It continued to be associated with the parent store until the 1950's when links were severed. It continues to trade under the Harrods name.

Harrods store at night-time, February 2005
1959 - House of Fraser bought Harrods.
1985 - The store was bought by the al-Fayed brothers in 1985 for £615 million, since then the selling space has enlarged to include previously staff-only and storage areas in the basement and top floors
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Old March 10th, 2006, 09:45 AM   #2
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The employees had their own Rugby&Cricket Club..since our Harrods severed its ties from London in the `50, the old hardliners began to meet at BA-Rugby and Hurlingham-Club...
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Old March 10th, 2006, 02:11 PM   #3
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Harrods in London is so up its own arse that you are not allowed in if you are wearing shorts. The staff (in my opionion ) are treated very badly.

Harrods was 'by appointment' to the Queen of England, as Mohammed Al fayed and the Queen hate each other, the queen has withdrawn her shopping basket.

La Foundacion de Eva Peron made Harrods in Buenos Aires pay the staff properly and give them working rights and make big donations to the fund for descamisados.
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Old March 10th, 2006, 06:12 PM   #4
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[QUOTE=mulattokid]Harrods in London is so up its own arse that you are not allowed in if you are wearing shorts. The staff (in my opionion ) are treated very badly.



Yes , indeed, Im totally agree with you, you know I ve been there last year spending a lot of sterlings and the ****ers they not even let me take pictures of the store , inside the building!!! for god sakes!
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Old March 11th, 2006, 04:13 PM   #5
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That's great that this once beautiful department store can reopen.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 12:36 AM   #6
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Indeed, it was the only Harrod's department store outside the UK!
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Indeed, it was the only Harrod's department store outside the UK!
Any updates on this? More than 15 months since the original post

When i was in BA at the start of the year , nothing had happened
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Any updates on this? More than 15 months since the original post

When i was in BA at the start of the year , nothing had happened
Sadly, silence rules over Harrods Buenos Aires....and all BA-Lovers are getting sick due to the lack of news about the reopening....
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