House of Fraser

  1. Birmingham's House of Fraser to be turned into offices

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    The House of Fraser site in Birmingham city centre's going to be redeveloped.

    Entrance to the House of Fraser store

    The building on Corporation Street will be turned into nine floors of offices along with space for retailers, bars, restaurants and other uses on the ground and lower ground floors.

    The city council's approved the plans from owners Legal and General subject to safeguarding conditions including drawing up a security strategy for the site.

    The plans don't reveal what will happen to the House of Fraser store which had been earmarked for closure in 2018 before retailer Sports Direct bought the chain.

    The House of Fraser store is still trading and Sports Direct has been contacted about its future.

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  3. More House of Fraser stores set to close

    House of Fraser store

    Sports Direct has said it expects to close more House of Fraser stores over the next year, despite its efforts to turn the chain around.

    However, Sports Direct said it was seeing some "green shoots" of recovery at the department store chain, which it bought last year.

    "An awful lot of work has been done by many people of all levels to bring what was... an unmitigated disaster into a functioning state," the company said.

    "We are doing as much as we can to realistically save as many jobs and stores as possible. However, despite our best efforts, there are still a number of stores which are currently paying zero rent and that are unprofitable and thus not sustainable.

    "We are continuing to review the longer-term portfolio and would expect the number of retained stores to continue to reduce in the next 12 months."

  4. House of Fraser named 'House of Horror' for reversing fur ban

    Man holding 'fur is dead' protest sign

    An animal charity says House of Fraser is "painfully out of touch", after it started selling fur products.

    The company, taken over by Sports Direct's Mike Ashley last year, said in a statement in 2017 that it had a "strict no-fur policy".

    There was a backlash online and outside shops on Monday after garments were found to be lined with fur.

    The Humane Society International/UK accused the store of losing its "moral compass".

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  5. Luxury apartments plan for Hull department store

    Plans to convert the upper floors of Hull’s former House of Fraser building into luxury apartments and offices have been given the go-ahead.

    House of Fraser on Paragon Street in Hull

    The proposals are part of a multi-million pound project to bring the empty department store opposite Hull Station on Paragon Street back into use.

    It closed last month.

    A separate planning application is being put together for an artisan food market on the ground florr and basement.