Category Archives: Jacksons of Reading

Save Jacksons of Reading

Further update – it appears nothing could be done to save the store (or nothing was done perhaps). Today (21st December 2013) there was very little stock left in the shop, but there were lots of customers buying what little was left in the sale. Most of the stock will be sold at an auction in the store to be held on January 4th 2014. The store will close on Christmas Eve. It will be a sad loss for its loyal customers and for the town of Reading. It will be even harder now to find those hard to find things and to find somewhere that sells quality goods at realistic prices. Truly it is all very upsetting.

One positive thing is that Jacksons have sold their schoolwear business to Stevensons (who now have another shop in the Market Place), because Stevensons have a policy of “sourcing from UK manufacturers wherever possible” – http://stevensons.co.uk

Jacksons of Reading 21st December 2013 - the fabulous store will close its doors for the last time this Christmas Eve.

Jacksons of Reading 21st December 2013 – the fabulous store will close its doors for the last time this Christmas Eve. Photograph by author.

Update on what is happening to Jacksons of Reading Department Store.  It is to close at Christmas 2013, unless a buyer is found 😦

Jacksons Corner sign - Jacksons of Reading

Jacksons Corner sign – Jacksons of Reading

Today (14.02.2013) I got UK made socks and UK made boxer shorts there.  It’s a quirky store and they sell stuff you won’t find anywhere else and pride themselves on their customer service.  It is a beautiful building inside and out, with a fabulous pneumatic tubes to handle cash. Why not visit this fabulous traditional department store and buy something – that could save the store? Or maybe buy the store?  It would be such a shame to see Jacksons close – save Jacksons of Reading!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-19890722

I came across this fabulous facebook page all about Jacksons today – https://www.facebook.com/J.TWOMS.

Jacksons The Family Store. Usual Opening Hours 9.00 – 17.30 Monday to Saturday.

E. Jackson & Sons, Jacksons Corner, Reading, berkshire, RG1 3AS. Telephone 0118 957 4477. (On the corner of High Street and Kings Road).

Also, see the interview below with the Managing Director, Brian Carter.

Jacksons of Reading Department Store, December 2012

Jacksons of Reading Department Store, December 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacksons of Reading 1875 – 2013

A little history of Jacksons of Reading (taken from their website):

Jacksons History

 

Jacksons of Reading website 8.10.14 thanking their customers.

Still from Jacksons of Reading website 8.10.14 thanking their customers.

Jacksons of Reading – in praise of a good old fashioned department store

Jacksons of Reading

Jacksons of Reading is a rabbit warren of a department store in Reading, Berkshire, England where you can get all those things you can’t find anywhere else and in a fabulous environment with lots of wood panelling, wood and drawers and counters.  For example gifts, accessories, sewing stuff, knitting stuff (I found acrylic made in England from companies like Robins but sadly no British wool), linens and haberdashery, textiles, a good shoe department (specialising in wider fittings) and a large crafts section.  They have a massive school and scout uniforms department, dancewear, bowls clothes, lingerie, nightwear, ladies fashions and a superb menswear department.  Yesterday (8.12.12) the store was quite busy and I came across UK made HJ Hall socks at very reasonable prices and lovely James Aubrey men’s duffle coats.  You’ll find brands like Peter England, Tootal, Somax and Double Two here too, but these days such brands manufacture abroad. Plus they have a great suits department and they sell things like British made braces.  Look for the giant Jacksons Corner neon lights!  Open Mon-Sat 09:00 – 17:30. The store unashamedly markets itself at the over 40s and prides itself on serving customers. This is most definitely not a self-service store.   It is a beautiful building inside and out, with a fabulous pneumatic tubes system to handle cash.  Founded in 1875 and still family run, this store is a must visit place when shopping in Reading.

http://www.jacksonsofreading.co.uk

Shelves, drawers & Belts at Jacsons of Reading (menswear) May 2008

Shelves, drawers & Belts at Jacsons of Reading (menswear) May 2008

Jacksons bags

Jacksons bags

Jacksons of Reading still has an operational Lamson pneumatic tube system with nine stations over two floors, dating from the 1960s

Jacksons of Reading still has an operational Lamson pneumatic tube system with nine stations over two floors, dating from the 1960s

One of the first Jacksons receipts

One of the first Jacksons receipts

Jacksons of Reading Department Store, December 2012

Jacksons of Reading Department Store, December 2012

Department Stores in the UK

Some of the UK’s remaining department stores.

BRITISH DEPARTMENT STORES.

Boswells Oxford c. 2010

 

Not all UK department stores are listed here. Just the ones I could think of. There is a fairly comprehensive list of current and defunct British department stores on Wikipedia.

Original cast of Are You Being Served.

The original cast of Are You Being Served. Captain Peacock, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Harmon, Mr. Rumbold, Miss Brahms, Mrs. Slocombe, Mr. Granger, Young Mr. Grace, and Mr. Humphries. c. 1972. The fictional department store in this BBC comedy, Grace Bros, was loosely based on Simpson of Piccadilly – the London store where comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd once worked and which closed in 1999.

Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd opened its doors in around 1972. Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd was a large and very prestigious department store located at 27 Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1LP. Sears (who by then owned Lewis's, who were also the owners of the Selfridges London store) re-branded the store as Lewis's in around 1989 and it traded under the Lewis's name until around 1996 (from around 1991 Lewis's had come under the ownership of Owen Owen). It then traded as Allders until around 2005 (Allders having purchased a number of the Owen Owen stores in 1996), when the store closed.

Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd opened its doors in around 1972. Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd was a large and very prestigious department store located at 27 Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1LP. Sears (who by then owned Lewis’s, who were also the owners of the Selfridges London store) re-branded the store as Lewis’s in around 1989 and it traded under the Lewis’s name until around 1996 (from around 1991 Lewis’s had come under the ownership of Owen Owen). It then traded as Allders until around 2005 (Allders having purchased a number of the Owen Owen stores in 1996), when the store closed.

Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd from inside the Westgate Christmas time 1988

Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd from inside the Westgate Christmas time 1988.