Loquis: Marshall & Snelgrove

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Marshall & Snelgrove


Published on:  2020-04-28 13:21:00


It was a department store on the north side of Oxford Street, London, on the corner with Vere Street founded by James Marshall. The company is now part of Debenhams. In 1837 James Marshall, a Yorkshireman, opened a shop at 11 Vere Street in partnership with a Mr Wilson. The First World War had great impact on department stores especially the luxury market. By 1916 a working relationship was established with Debenhams in order to preserve the businesses in the war economy. James C Marshall was President of the Linen and Woollen Drapers' Institution for almost 40 years till his death in 1925 at the age of 95. The firm remained in family control with stores opening in Birmingham, Manchester, Southport, Leicester, Leeds, York, Sheffield and Bradford. The Oxford Street store was demolished and rebuilt between 1973–79, and opened as the Debenhams flagship store. All other Marshall & Snelgrove stores were rebranded.

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