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The History of Bhs

Since Bhs first opened its doors in 1928, they have become a major High Street presence and much loved household name with over 185 Stores across the country, including a growing number of 'stand alone' Home Stores, over 18 franchise stores overseas and a Home Shopping experience now launched.

Through a team of more than 12,000 staff they provide a great shopping experience to their customers through stylish fashion ranges and homewares at prices representing outstanding value. In addition most of the Bhs stores have restaurants and coffee lounges providing guests with tempting food in a welcoming and inviting environment.

Bhs are always focusing on what customers want, breathing new life into their stores, introducing new product lines, new styles, new displays and new experiences. Just take a look at the BHS chain of Home Stores - with beautifully designed retail experiences focusing exclusively on products for the home. Innovations like these give staff at Bhs the chance to provide great customer service and high quality products.


1928: First British Home Store opened in Brixton - highest price was a shilling - they sold fashions, Home & lighting with self-service caf�s and a food hall

1931: Floated on the stock exchange & became a public company (plc)

1945: Price no longer sole marketing strategy - a policy of quality & value-for-money introduced

1951: The employee trust fund was set-up, now called SOS, Supporting their Staff

1985: First franchise store opened in Gibraltar followed by many others in Europe & Middle East, which mirror the appearance of their UK stores & sell most UK ranges, operating under licence from Bhs

1986: Merger with Habitat & Mothercare to form Storehouse plc. Design had a stronger presence within Bhs ranges & store design. 'Bhs' replaced British Home Stores as the registered company name with a new logo & corporate image

1998: First store dedicated exclusively to homewares was opened in Bath

2000: Sir Philip Green bought Bhs & it became a private company with the aim of being 'The Best in the High Street'. Phillip Green also owns Top Shop, Top Man, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins, Evans & Burtons

Today: Bhs continue their commitment to delivering a great shopping experience to their customers, through stylish fashion ranges, homewares & food services at outstanding value





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