Harvey Nichols

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Harvey Nichols Group ltd
Company type Subsidiary
Industry Retail
Founded1831;193 years ago (1831), London
Headquarters London, UK
Number of locations
Parent Dickson Concepts
Website www.harveynichols.com OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg

Harvey Nichols is a British luxury department store chain founded in 1831, at its flagship store in Knightsbridge, London. It sells designer fashion collections for men and women, fashion accessories, beauty products, fine wines and luxury foods. It is owned by Hong Kong luxury goods company Dickson Concepts. The chain has 14 locations worldwide across Hong Kong, Ireland, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, [1] including a Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool and a brasserie in the OXO Tower, London.



The business was founded by Benjamin Harvey as a linen shop in Knightsbridge in 1831. Harvey died in 1850, leaving the business in the care of his wife Anne, who went into partnership with Harvey's son-in-law, James Nichols, to form Harvey Nichols & Co. [2]

In 1889, the existing space was demolished to make way for a new department store. The building was designed by C. W. Stephens and built in stages between 1889 and 1894. [3] In 1920, Harvey Nichols was purchased by Debenhams and, in 1985 Debenhams including Harvey Nichols was acquired by the Burton Group. [4]

In October 1991, Dickson Poon of Dickson Concepts acquired Harvey Nichols from the Burton Group for £53.6 million. [5]

Throughout its run in the 1990s and 2000s, Harvey Nichols was heavily mentioned in BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. [6]

On 17 February 2014 Stacey Cartwright joined Harvey Nichols as chief executive officer of the Harvey Nichols Group of Companies. She replaced Joseph Wan, who held the position of CEO for 21 years and who retired at the end of March 2014. [7]

Former CEO Stacey Cartwright left the company on 30 April 2018, handing over control of the company to Daniela Rinaldi and Manju Malhotra. Under their management, Harvey Nichols generated £229 million for the year to 30 March 2019, which marked a nine per cent increased from the year before. [8]

In November 2019, after co-chief operating officer Daniela Rinaldi resigned from the company, the other co-operating chief, Manju Malhotra, became sole chief operating officer, working closely with executive director Pearson Poon. [9]

On 16 August 2023, it was announced that Manju Malhotra will leave Harvey Nichols at the end of the year after working for the company for over 25 years. Pearson Poon was subsequently appointed Vice Chairman. [10]


UK and Ireland

The London flagship store is in Knightsbridge, a short distance from rival Harrods. [2] In 1996 Harvey Nichols launched its first stand-alone restaurant in London, the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar, and Brasserie, viewing the River Thames. OXO and three of the in-store restaurants were designed by London-based architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. During the same year, Harvey Nichols opened its first store outside London in Leeds: a 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) store in the 19th century Victoria Quarter, dubbed at the time "Knightsbridge of the North". [11]

Harvey Nichols Bristol store at Cabot Circus opened in September 2008. The tower above is luxury flats. Harvey nichols store in bristol arp.jpg
Harvey Nichols Bristol store at Cabot Circus opened in September 2008. The tower above is luxury flats.

Due to the company's ambition to expand into Scotland, several potential locations were considered in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Eventually the company bought a site in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh and the £32 million project was under way. The store opened in Summer 2002. [12]

After the 1996 Manchester bombing in the centre of Manchester, the city underwent major redevelopment. Harvey Nichols announced in 2000 they would open a 100,000 sq ft (9,000 m2) flagship store to help revive the city. The store opened in 2002 on New Cathedral Street, next door to its rival Selfridges which had opened a year earlier. Along with fashion, the Manchester store accommodates beauty, food, wine and a bar/brasserie on the second floor. [13]

Harvey Nichols trialled a 22,000 square foot (2000 m2 "Beauty Bazaar" store in Manesty's Lane in the Liverpool One shopping area in 2012. The store has now become a permanent location for the company. [14]

Harvey Nichols has had a presence at The Mailbox in Birmingham since 2001. In May 2013 they announced that they were to double the size of the store. The new store, a few doors down, covers 45,000 square feet, double the size of the existing store. [15]

UK and Ireland locations as of 2023
  • Birmingham, The Mailbox
  • Bristol, Cabot Circus
  • Leeds, Victoria Leeds
  • Liverpool, Liverpool One (Beauty Bazaar only)
  • London, Knightsbridge (flagship)
  • Manchester, New Cathedral Street
  • Edinburgh, St. Andrew's Square
  • Dublin, Dundrum Town Centre


A branch store in Central, Hong Kong Harvey Nichols Central Hong Kong.jpg
A branch store in Central, Hong Kong

Hong Kong SAR: Its flagship is located at The Landmark in Central. Harvey Nichols also has a one-level store in Pacific Place in Hong Kong. [17]

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: It has a store in Al-Faysaliyah Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. [18]

Dubai, UAE: In February 2006, it opened a store in Dubai, designed by architecture firm Callison in the Mall of the Emirates. The Dubai store is operated by Al Tayer Insignia, the luxury retail arm of Al Tayer Group. [19]

Kuwait City, Kuwait: On 25 January 2009, a new store opening was announced for Kuwait which opened in 2012. The store is located at The Avenues Mall. [20]

Doha, Qatar: In 2018, Harvey Nichols opened a store at Doha Festival City in Doha, Qatar. The Doha store is operated by Al Mana Group of Companies. [21]

International locations as of 2021
Asia (Hong Kong SAR)Middle East
The Landmark Al-Faysaliyah Tower, Riyadh
Pacific PlaceMall of the Emirates, Dubai
The One (Beauty Bazaar only)Doha Festival City, Doha
The Avenues, Kuwait

Former locations

Jakarta, Indonesia: A store in the Grand Indonesia mall also designed by Callison in Jakarta, Indonesia was operated by the Indonesian retail conglomerate Mitra Adiperkasa (MAP) from October 2008, but closed due to poor performance in November 2010. [22]

Baku, Azerbaijan : In 2015, Harvey Nichols opened a store in Baku, Azerbaijan. After four months, Harvey Nichols terminated its licence agreement with the Baku store, which now trades under BARKERS. [23] [24]

Istanbul, Turkey: In Turkey, Harvey Nichols opened a store in Istanbul's Kanyon Shopping Mall on 13 October 2006 and Ankara's Next Level in 2017 (now closed as of 2020). As of 2020, the Kanyon store is operated by DEMSA Group despite not featured on Harvey Nichols' website. On 19 April 2021 it was reported that the company was leaving Istanbul. [25] [26]


Soon after opening a new store in Edinburgh in 2002, the managers faced an official complaint after staff tried to stop a homeless man selling the Big Issue magazine outside. [27]

In mid-2003 objections were made to a Harvey Nichols magazine advertisement that appeared in Vogue, ELLE and Harpers & Queen and on a poster. The complainants objected that the advertisement was irresponsible, because it showed unsafe driving and was offensive to people who had been, or who knew people who had been involved in road accidents. [28]

In September 2013, Harvey Nichols resumed the sale of fur in its United Kingdom stores following a decade-long embargo. [29] The decision attracted much criticism, focusing on the way animals were treated. The company denied allegations of cruelty and insisted its furs are ethically sourced from reputable suppliers. [29]

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