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28 January 2016
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Department stores have redefined the shopping habits of many but what impact did they actually have in the city when they first appeared? We look at the history of the London department store and head to Paris to explore France’s first, Le Bon Marché. We also discover that Istanbul’s old hans are a century-old department store equivalent. Plus: we meet Jerry Storch, CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company.
28 January 2016
Photo: Lorenzo G
In Georgian times window shopping was transformed into a leisure activity, perhaps explaining why most department stores invested in grand window displays from the start. But with their arrival came not only new shopping habits but also new models of business often leading to the transformation of entire neighbourhoods and streets.
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We dive into 19th-century Paris, a time and a place where department stores were still a dazzling novelty and would transform urban landscapes for centuries to come. Join us on a historical tour of France’s first department store, Le Bon Marché.
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The Hudson’s Bay Company was founded in Canada in 1670 as a simple trader of furs; today it has grown into a gigantic coperation, managing the biggest network of department stores in the country. We chat with Jerry Storch, CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company, about his work and how the company has become one of Canada’s most treasured national brands.
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