Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Store's Success Story Revealed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Store's Success Story Revealed

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Byline: Vicky Robson

BACK in its day Binns department store was one of the best-loved shops in Newcastle.

From its humble beginnings as a Victorian drapery business, Binns became a regional success story with nine branches in the North East, including one in South Shields, and more around the country by the mid-1930s.

The company was established in April 1897, when H Binns, Son and Co Ltd was incorporated to continue the work of H Binns, Son and Co and within 30 years, it had rapidly expanded and the Binns' name had become well-known in the North.

Its flagship store in Newcastle was acquired in 1929, when H Binns, Son and Co Ltd bought the former drapers store James Coxon & Co Ltd as part of the company's fast-growing portfolio.

The branch was originally on the corner of Grey Street and Market Street, next door to the former Bainbridge store.

When we asked for your memories of Binns on the Evening Chronicle's Facebook page, Andrew Laidler said: "I remember the entrance and the vacuum shoot for all the receipts. Fond memories of childhood."

Similarly, Robert Ingham posts: "I remember the slogan 'Shop at Binns' on the front of every northern bus."

At the outbreak of war in 1939, several of the company's stores were requisitioned and airraid shelters were built in the store basements.

In April 1953, Binns Ltd was taken over by House of Fraser Ltd but the company continued to trade under the Binns' name.

When Eldon Square shopping centre opened in 1976, Bainbridge (now John Lewis) relocated to a new store within the shopping centre and Binns took the opportunity to move into the old Bainbridge site, from Market Street to the Bigg Market.

It took the company over a year to move into its new premises, which had four storeys of fashion, accessories, furniture, haberdashery and electrical goods, making it the company's largest store at the time. …

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