Zacharias and Co.

Zacharias and Co. (colloquially known as "Zac's") was a waterproof clothing manufacturing firm and retailer based at 26–27 Cornmarket Street Oxford, England.[1][2]

26–27 Cornmarket Street, a 15th-century building and former location of Zacharias and Co.

Abraham Zacharias was a silversmith, jeweller, and watchmaker/clockmaker at 2 Cornmarket and 95 High Street in Oxford.[3] He bought 27 Cornmarket and operated a china and glass warehouse here. Later, by 1880, Abraham Zacharias' son Joel Zacharias was in charge of the business. He married Rebecca Fankenstein from Manchester on 16 August 1882. By 1884, Joel Zacharias was selling waterproof clothing on the Oxford site. He also ran a branch in Manchester.

In the late 1880s, Joel Zacharias expanded the business into 26 Cornmarket next door to the south. The two shops have been combined into a single premises one since this time. By around 1896 Joel Zacharias stopped selling china and glass to concentrate on the waterproof clothing business for which Zacharias and Co. became well-known. Joel Zacharias died in 1905 and the business was taken over by Henry Osborn King of Wolvercote.[4] Henry King's son Cecil King later inherited the business. The original name Zacharias was retained until the business finally closed in 1983.

The slogan "Zac's for Macs" was used by the business.[1][5]

The site of 26–27 Cornmarket Street subsequently housed a Laura Ashley shop.[6] The building dates from the 15th century. It was completely dismantled and reconstructed closer to its original form. The building is owned by Jesus College, Oxford. The site now houses a Pret a Manger sandwich shop.[3]


  1. ^ a b Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "Zacharias and Co.". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. p. 509. ISBN 0-333-39917-X.
  2. ^ "Zacharias and Co. of Oxford". Archives Hub. UK: Jisc. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  3. ^ a b "26–27 Cornmarket Street: Pret à Manger". Oxford History. UK. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  4. ^ Chipperfield, John (22 March 2010). "Star shoppers called in at Zacs". Oxford Mail.
  5. ^ Chipperfield, John (15 February 2010). "Zac's for Macs slogan got attention". Oxford Mail.
  6. ^ Yurdan, Marilyn (1990). "9 Oxford Today – Laura Ashley". Oxford: Town and Gown. London: Robert Hale. p. 182–183. ISBN 0-7090-3932-8.

Coordinates: 51°45′13″N 1°15′30″W / 51.75349°N 1.25836°W / 51.75349; -1.25836