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Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd – a very brief history‏

 Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd – a very brief history‏

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. This photograph circa 1988.

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

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

Selfridges from inside the Westgate 1987.

Selfridges from inside the Westgate 1987.

Selfridges from inside the Westgate Shopping Centre in 1986 (the Westage had just had a £3m re-vamp at that time).

Selfridges from inside the Westgate Shopping Centre in 1986 (the Westage had just had a £3m re-vamp at that time).

A pre-1986 photograph of the inside of the Westgate Centre (note that great menswear shop, now long gone, Dunn and Co)

A pre-1986 photograph of the inside of the Westgate Centre. Note that great menswear shop, now long gone, Dunn and Co. and C&A at the bottom (C&A closed all its UK stores in 2001 but remains in Europe. C&A sold a good range of ski jackets amongst other things). Selfridges is to the left, out of shot.

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Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd – a very brief history‏

 Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd – a very brief history‏

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. This photograph circa 1988.

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

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

Selfridges from inside the Westgate 1987.

Selfridges from inside the Westgate 1987.

Selfridges from inside the Westgate Shopping Centre in 1986 (the Westage had just had a £3m re-vamp at that time).

Selfridges from inside the Westgate Shopping Centre in 1986 (the Westage had just had a £3m re-vamp at that time).

A pre-1986 photograph of the inside of the Westgate Centre (note that great menswear shop, now long gone, Dunn and Co)

A pre-1986 photograph of the inside of the Westgate Centre. Note that great menswear shop, now long gone, Dunn and Co. and C&A at the bottom (C&A closed all its UK stores in 2001 but remains in Europe. C&A sold a good range of ski jackets amongst other things). Selfridges is to the left, out of shot.

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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.

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Department Stores in the UK

Some of the UK’s remaining department stores.

BRITISH DEPARTMENT STORES.

Boswells Oxford c. 2010

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