James Beattie
(1852-1934)

Died aged c. 82

Beatties was a small British department store group located primarily in the Midlands of England. In 2005, when it had 12 stores, the group was acquired by House of Fraser. On 14 January 2006, the Birmingham store closed, because a similar House of Fraser store, Rackhams, was not far away. In August 2007, the Telford store was rebranded, along with the Solihull and Sutton Coldfield stores. The group is gradually rebranding all its branches under the House of Fraser name. In January 2010 the Dudley branch was closed. On 7 June 2018, it was announced that the last branch which had retained the Beatties name, the former head office in Wolverhampton, was to close in 2019. Former Beatties-branded House of Fraser stores in Aylesbury, Birkenhead, Telford and Worcester were also announced to close. Despite the CVA, Mike Ashley started saving stores on the basis of whether they could cut rent to achieve a specific margin. The Telford branch proposed closure was repealed on 23 August 2018, the first to be repealed.As of December 2018, all ‘Beatties’ currently trading are announced to be remaining open.

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James Beattie 1852-1934 Founded on this site the Victoria Drapery Supply Stores 1877 Leading to the creation of Beatties Department Store Group

Beatties Store, Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom where they was