Cargo (store)

Cargo was a British homewares retail chain, with 43 stores mostly situated in London and south-east England.[1]

Cargo store, Putney, London

The company was established in London in 1876, by 20-year-old James Waller Carpenter, under the trading name of JW Carpenter Ltd. The group underwent several rebrands in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming Carpenter's In-House, Carpenter's and Carpenter's Cargo before becoming Cargo Homeshop in 1997. In May 2004, JW Carpenter was bought by Steinhoff, one of the world's largest furniture retailers, which owns UK high street brands Harveys Furniture and Bensons for Beds.[2]

In 2015 Steinhoff announced the chain would be merged with Bensons for Beds and would continue as an online presence.[3] The website was taken down shortly before the last few stores closed.[4]


  1. ^ "Cargo Careers". Archived from the original on 2015-10-04. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  2. ^ "Contact Us". Archived from the original on 2015-10-04. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  3. ^ "Cargo shut Barnstaple High Street store". North Devon Journal (Local World). 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-03-05.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Cargo – Home maker since 1876". Archived from the original on 2016-09-03. Retrieved 2016-09-10.

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