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Harrods boss: We are looking to the future with optimism

The managing director of Harrods struck an upbeat tone ahead of the luxury department store reopening on June 15, but said the government must ensure London remains accessible to international visitors.

Harrods is among the scores of upmarket retailers, including Mulberry and Tiffany, that today open their doors for the first time since stores were ordered to shut in March for the Covid-19 lockdown.

Companies have all been working on plans to promote social distancing in stores, and most have new and heightened health and safety measures they are implementing.

Michael Ward, the managing director of Harrods, which is introducing footfall monitoring technology to limit capacity in-store, told the Evening Standard: “The considerable new measures we have introduced will enable customers to shop safely at Harrods, without any compromise on experience, product or service.”

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He added: “Whilst the challenges of the last few months continue to impact us all enormously, at Harrods we are looking to the future with optimism. We have a new season to share, innovative plans in the pipeline, and we are excited to serve and support our community once more.”

Harrods ready to reopen its doors as soon as safe to do so

However, Ward cautioned there will be difficulties ahead for the sector: “For most retailers, the storm is far from over, despite the positive steps we are beginning to take.”

There are concerns from a number of retailers and restaurant owners about less spending from tourists, with travel restrictions and quarantine rules potentially deterring some shoppers.

Ward said it is vital for many industries that international visitors are able to travel into London.

Harrods through the years (1900s-1970s) – In pictures

1/28 1906

Harrods department store on Knightsbridge, London, from Montpelier Street.

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2/28 circa 1910

The provision department of Harrods

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3/28 1914

John Henry Taylor joins other golfing champions in instructing customers at Harrods store, London, in the correct method of addressing the ball. John H Taylor won the British Open five times (1894-5, 1900, 1909 and 1913)

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4/28 1925

A doorman stands at the entrance to Harrods, the famous London department store in Knightsbridge

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5/28 circa 1928

Shopping for hats in a department store, possibly Harrods of London, during their Great Summer Sale

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6/28 circa 1924

A view down the Brompton Road with the famous department store, ‘Harrods’ on the left hand side

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7/28 1925

Goods for sale in the meat and poultry department of Harrods

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8/28 1925

The Ladies’ Club in Harrods department store, London with armchairs and occasional tables

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9/28 1925

The counters and displays in the men’s wear department of Harrods

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10/28 circa 1925

A shop assistant prepares a window dummy for display in a department store, possibly Harrods

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11/28 circa 1925

A display of sheer nylons in a shop window, possibly Harrods of London, during their Great Summer Sale

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12/28 circa 1928

Textiles on display in a department store, possibly Harrods of London, during their Great Summer Sale

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13/28 circa 1928

A passer-by window shops for lingerie at a department store, possibly Harrods of London

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14/28 1933

Electrical gadgets on sale at Harrods

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15/28 1935

The front of Harrods all lit up on a wet evening advertising their ‘Wonderful Toy Fair’

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16/28 1935

A fashion assistant ftting a hat to a customer at Harrods department store

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17/28 1937

Eager shoppers fighting over the bargain hats on offer at the Harrods winter sale

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18/28 circa 1938

An open packet of Harrods tea leaves next to a freshly brewed cup

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19/28 1941

Young visitors to Harrods Christmas display

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20/28 1954

A woman in a fur-trimmed coat pauses to consult the floor guide at Harrods

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21/28 1955

A lady wearing a winter dress from Harrods department store, London, with a dark motif on the skirt

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22/28 1956

Madeleine Duke playing with a toy car and monkey driver at Harrods, London

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23/28 1962

A fine selection of foods in a Harrods hamper including dates, pickles, game pate and plum pudding.

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24/28 1963

American actress Anne Bancroft (1931 – 2005) with director Jack Clayton in the white goods department of Harrod’s, London, to film a scene for ‘The Pumpkin Eater’

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25/28 1969

English pianist, composer and conductor Alberto Semprini (1908 – 1990) playing a decorated piano at Harrods

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26/28 1971

A little boy examines a display at Harrods showing the new decimal coinage which was introduced on 15th February

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27/28 1978

A potential client admires Dave Prowse who works in the keep-fit department of Harrods. He also plays the role of Darth Vader in Star Wars.

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28/28 1977

Shoppers struggling in the china department of Harrods on the first day of the sale

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1/28 1906

Harrods department store on Knightsbridge, London, from Montpelier Street.

.

2/28 circa 1910

The provision department of Harrods

.

3/28 1914

John Henry Taylor joins other golfing champions in instructing customers at Harrods store, London, in the correct method of addressing the ball. John H Taylor won the British Open five times (1894-5, 1900, 1909 and 1913)

.

4/28 1925

A doorman stands at the entrance to Harrods, the famous London department store in Knightsbridge

.

5/28 circa 1928

Shopping for hats in a department store, possibly Harrods of London, during their Great Summer Sale

.

6/28 circa 1924

A view down the Brompton Road with the famous department store, ‘Harrods’ on the left hand side

.

7/28 1925

Goods for sale in the meat and poultry department of Harrods

.

8/28 1925

The Ladies’ Club in Harrods department store, London with armchairs and occasional tables

.

9/28 1925

The counters and displays in the men’s wear department of Harrods

.

10/28 circa 1925

A shop assistant prepares a window dummy for display in a department store, possibly Harrods

.

11/28 circa 1925

A display of sheer nylons in a shop window, possibly Harrods of London, during their Great Summer Sale

.

12/28 circa 1928

Textiles on display in a department store, possibly Harrods of London, during their Great Summer Sale

.

13/28 circa 1928

A passer-by window shops for lingerie at a department store, possibly Harrods of London

.

14/28 1933

Electrical gadgets on sale at Harrods

.

15/28 1935

The front of Harrods all lit up on a wet evening advertising their ‘Wonderful Toy Fair’

.

16/28 1935

A fashion assistant ftting a hat to a customer at Harrods department store

.

17/28 1937

Eager shoppers fighting over the bargain hats on offer at the Harrods winter sale

.

18/28 circa 1938

An open packet of Harrods tea leaves next to a freshly brewed cup

.

19/28 1941

Young visitors to Harrods Christmas display

.

20/28 1954

A woman in a fur-trimmed coat pauses to consult the floor guide at Harrods

.

21/28 1955

A lady wearing a winter dress from Harrods department store, London, with a dark motif on the skirt

.

22/28 1956

Madeleine Duke playing with a toy car and monkey driver at Harrods, London

.

23/28 1962

A fine selection of foods in a Harrods hamper including dates, pickles, game pate and plum pudding.

.

24/28 1963

American actress Anne Bancroft (1931 – 2005) with director Jack Clayton in the white goods department of Harrod’s, London, to film a scene for ‘The Pumpkin Eater’

.

25/28 1969

English pianist, composer and conductor Alberto Semprini (1908 – 1990) playing a decorated piano at Harrods

.

26/28 1971

A little boy examines a display at Harrods showing the new decimal coinage which was introduced on 15th February

.

27/28 1978

A potential client admires Dave Prowse who works in the keep-fit department of Harrods. He also plays the role of Darth Vader in Star Wars.

.

28/28 1977

Shoppers struggling in the china department of Harrods on the first day of the sale

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He said: “Retail businesses have adapted quickly and introduced vast new measures to protect people, but our economy thrives on the support of those who travel here to live, work and invest. The government must ensure that the capital remains accessible and attractive to international visitors.”

Scores of upmarket retailers are reopening in London today, including Mulberry.

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The bag maker plans to have 30 stores and concessions ready to serve customers this week in the UK and Ireland, of those 19 open today. All of its sites here are expected to be trading by June 29.

A spokesman for Mulberry said: “Our stores will implement a capacity limit and adhere to social distancing and all our staff have been provided with gloves and masks, as well as hand sanitiser. No cash payments will be taken but contactless payment methods will be available. Customers can also book a personal appointment, either in-store or as a virtual consultation.”

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