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Jewel of Knightsbridge : The Origins of the Harrods Empire (Hardcover) (Robin Harrod)
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In 1836, Charles Harrod found himself in a prison hulk awaiting transportation to Tasmania for seven years’ hard labor. He had been convicted at the Old Bailey of receiving stolen goods, and this should have been the beginning of the end for his fledgling business and his family. And yet, in miraculously escaping his fate and vowing to turn his back on crime, he would become the much-esteemed founder of the now-legendary Harrods in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge district. Some years later, Charles was succeeded by his son, who provided the necessary energy and drive to take the shop from a successful local grocers to a remarkable and complex department store, patronized by the wealthy and famous. This book reveals the previously unknown and scandalous origins of the store, and follows its remarkable fortunes to the end of the 19th century, when its shares were floated on the stock exchange, thus completing one of the most extraordinary comeback stories in the history of commerce.
Number of Pages: 252
Genre: Business + Money Management
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Robin Harrod
Street Date: May 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-2235
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