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Browns department store in York
By Bira

Putting on a confident show

HOUSE OF FRASER has collapsed into administration. Its larger rival Debenhams is wobbling. Even John Lewis has failed to make a profit in the past year. The media, which thrives on negative stories, is telling the world that the department store is dying. Happily, Nicholas Brown in York has a different story to relate.

The immaculately-presented Browns flag-ship store in the centre of the medieval city’s shopping district is vibrant proof that it is not the department store concept that is a problem, but rather the quality of the management that has run the larger national groups over the years.

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