House of Fraser invests £150 million in expansion.


The department store that traces its origins back to Glasgow, have announced that they will be investing in a £150million pound expansion.

Chief executive John King said: “As a business, we are committing 150m of investment in the UK over the next four years to further improve the shopping experience for our customers, through better store environments and developments to our online platform.”

The store chain which was recently bought by Nanjing based Sanpower for £480 million said like for like sales were up 4.2% in six months, with sales strengthening in the second quarter. Sales have grown within the company by 29pc during the six month period and now account for 14.2pc of total sales for the business. HoF believe that the rise of sales led to adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation increasing 15pc to £8.6m.

The retailer will see big changes to the company in the next four years as they use this expansion to primarily focus on store revamps and developing its online operations. They will also use this expansion to target shopping experience for their customers

HoF are confident that the department store will become a global store on the high street, serving a bridge for premium brands between China and Europe. In the mean time HoF has said it does not expect to see any changes to their current 6,800 staff along with 13,000 concession employees – however with the expansion of more UK stores in the near future the company will be opening up many retail opportunities.

The future investment offers a strong platform for international expansions of the store in locations such as Abu Dhabi.


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