Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Harrods, remains closed until 2013

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OK, don't panic, I'm not referring to the monolithic shopping destination based in Knightsbridge. Ironically, I have always questioned the Knightsbridge, London, world famous department stores strap line, "There is only one Harrods". The reason for this is that I do remember reading about this store in Argentina a long time ago in one of the Sunday newspaper supplements (which I always regretted not saving but must be archived somewhere) although this store has been closed for a long time. Anyway, in a recent article sent to me by one of my contacts in Buenos Aires (Argentina) it transpires that this old store which if I remember correctly was actually a branch of the original here in London - although dont quote me, I may be wrong and I need to do more research - during a period of great wealth in South America is actually due to re-open in 2013. I also seem to remember reading that anyone wealthy at the time when this store was open, sent their laundry to Paris because it came back smelling so wonderfully 'fresh' (although I may have made that up). However, the site remains a sad reminder of faded glory, at least for now. Although, how exciting is this? Unfortunately my Spanish is very rusty so I will have to dust down my dictionary to translate the newspaper article and accompanying video sent to me to find out more information for you. In the meantime, here are just a taster of the visuals of the existing building from a whole selection sent to me. I am really looking forward to seeing this open again, and really hope they maintain the character of the existing structure itself which after all would be one of the main reasons to see this store. This store must be on your list of places to visit and if you get there before me, be sure to send me some images. In the meantime will the new marketing strapline be "There are only two Harrods"?

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this. It is great news indeed. I travel to Buenos Aires every year (I was born there), and whenever I pass by "Harrods" it breaks my heart. To see such beautiful place abandoned (due to the owners' legal issues and the city's legislature wanting to take it over, declare it historic and have it refurbished). In any instance, the store remained opened until the late 80s (I believe -- I remember going there until 1987). My dad, whose 86 birthday is today, told me that when he and his brothers were little, his Mom used to take them to Harrods to get their haircuts done and do some shopping. He remembers those times with great fondness, and a store that was all class and pure elegance!

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