House of Fraser - A Top Class Department Store

The multi-billion company of the House of Fraser had its humble beginning at Glasgow, Scotland...... growing rapidly over the decades it became the company it is today. The House of Fraser now owns 60 department stores across the United Kingdom and Irelan

Author: Eva Brooks 


The company’s humble beginning was a drapery shop on the corner of Argyle St and Buchanan St, Glasgow under the name of Arthur and Fraser.

Hugh Fraser was an apprentice in Stuart and McDonald Ltd drapery warehouse in Glasgow and became a manager.

James Arthur owned a retail drapery business in Paisley near Glasgow. He expanded his business and turned into a wholesale trade at the Argyle St. In 1856 they moved to Miller St for bigger premises and traded as Arthur & Co.

During the 1850 and 1860 a professional manager Thomas Kilpatrick and then Alexander McLaren took over. In 1865 the partnership was dissolved and Hugh Fraser took over the retail while James Arthur dealt with the whole sale business.

Hugh Fraser died in 1873 and his three sons took over named it Fraser & Sons.

1879 the famous flagship store in Oxford Street, London was opened by Dan Harris Evans. He was 23 years old and from Wales. He opened his own store in Western Bridge Road called D H Evans which traded till 2001 and then bought by the House of Fraser.

1900 Hugh Fraser II introduced the emblem of a stag head and expanded the company. He died in 1927.

Hugh Fraser III took over, expanded the business further and in 1948 named the Company House of Fraser. He sold the properties to insurance companies and leased it back which created capital. He used the capital to modernise existing stores and bought other stores including Harrods.

In 1985 Al Fayed bought the company for £615million and later sold it but kept Harrods.

During the 2000 the House of Fraser experienced turbulent years with buying and selling and closing stores down.

House of Fraser Today

Today they own 53 Department Stores in the UK alone and all trading in the name of House of Fraser. It is a very traditional Department Store and is at the third place of its class. In Doncaster, Swindon and Leicester are discount stores to accommodate the local people’s requirements.

2008 the company opened its first store in Northern Ireland at Victoria Square Centre, Belfast. It has 200,000 sq ft and was the largest store. In Bristol they established a 170,000 sq ft store at Cabot Circus and at Westfield, London a 70,000 sq ft store was opened.


At the moment House of Fraser offers great discounts:

Dresses – up to 50 per cent

Valentine Days Gift Ideas

Designer Handbags up to 50 per cent

Home Sales up to 50 per cent

Phase 8 up to 40 per cent

Mary Portas up to 70 per cent

House of Fraser – Buyers of Designer Clothes, Home Furniture and Cosmetic


There is the latest fashion of designer clothes always in stock with a guarantee of next day delivery.


The new style in Coats, Jackets, knitwear, Shirts, accessories, shoes and boots are always available.

Home Furniture

You will only find the perfect furniture and accessories here at the House of Frasier. Whether you are looking for improvement of your bathroom, bedroom, living room or kitchen you will find everything here and assisted by knowledgeable, helpful staff. At the moment there is a special offer on curtains from Montgomery and many other items.

Shoes and Boots

Only the latest style in shoes and boots can be found at the House of Frasier’s Department Stores.

House of Fraser on line

In 2007 House of Fraser went online and made it possible for you to browse on the Internet.

House of Fraser online Wedding Gift List Service

The House of Fraser offers here a unique online wedding gift list service.  It provides a wide variety of presents which you can choose from in the comfort of your home.

Highland House of Fraser Kilt and Highland Dress Makers

This is a unique service from the House of Fraser. The UK Scottish Highland Wedding Dress Kilt hires rental retailer maker clan tartan plaid UK Scotland Highland Inverness.

House of Fraser Career – Home Page

House of Fraser offers here a promising career in retailing since the company is one of the top department stores in many cities.              



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