Edwin Jones (department store)

Edwin Jones was a large department store in Southampton, England founded in 1860 in East Street, Southampton with further stores established in Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, and Clinton Arcade, Weymouth.[1] The business became part of the Debenhams Group in 1928 and was re-branded under their name in 1973.

Edwin Jones & Co. Ltd
Debenhams (1973–)
TypeSubsidiary (1928–1973)
Private (1860–1928)
IndustryRetailing
Founded1860; 162 years ago (1860)
FounderEdwin Jones
Defunct1973; 49 years ago (1973)
FateRe-branded as Debenhams
SuccessorDebenhams
HeadquartersSouthampton, England UK
Key people
Edwin Jones (Founder)
ProductsClothing and Department
RevenueSee parent company
See parent company
ParentDebenhams plc (1928–present)

HistoryEdit

Edwin Jones and his sister, along with a 12 year old apprentice opened a small single fronted shop in 1860, before expanding to larger premises in the same street shortly after, later expanding this store by buying the neighboring Blue Boar pub.[2]

In 1880 he bought buildings facing the park in East Street, after failing to purchase the Wesleyan Chapel, which he demolished and built into what was called the Queen's Building. Prior to this expansion, Edwin Jones had become the mayor of Southampton in 1873 and 1875, retiring as a councilor in 1890. At this point he was appointed the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, a post he held until his death six years later.[3]

The business further expanded after Edward Jones' death with the new Manchester House building,[4] however in 1928 the business was purchased by Debenhams but continued to operate under its original name.[5]

During World War II the store was destroyed during The Blitz, and the new store was not completed until 1959[6] from a design by architects Healing & Overbury.[7] The store continued to operate under the Edwin Jones name until 1973 when Debenhams renamed the store in their name as part of their rationalization program.[8]

In 2020, all Debenhams stores were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the chain went into administration, although continued to trade online. During this period it was announced that the Southampton store would remain closed permanently.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Edwin Jones & Co., Ltd., 207-215 Old Christchurch Road and 1-3 Stafford Road, Bournemouth, Dorset - Flickr". 24 February 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Edwin Jones - Southern Daily Echo p.21/7/2007". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Edwin Jones - Southern Daily Echo p.21/7/2007". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Edwin Jones' Store, East Street - Portcities Southampton - plimsoll.org". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Edwin Jones Store - Sotonopedia". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Edwin Jones' Store 1959- Portcities Southampton - plimsoll.org". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Department store, Queen's Way, Southampton, for Edwin Jones & Co Ltd; architects, Healing & Overbury - Sense of Place South East". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Edwin Jones' Store, East Street - Portcities Southampton - plimsoll.org". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Debenhams: Southampton and Swindon among latest closures". BBC News. 24 April 2020.