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s in the United Kingdom. It was founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge
Harry Gordon Selfridge
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. The flagship store in London
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's Oxford Street
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is the second largest shop in the UK (after Harrods
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) and was opened on 15 March 1909.
More recently, three other stores have been opened; in Trafford
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, Greater Manchester
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(1998), in Manchester
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City Centre's Exchange Square
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(2002) and in the Bullring
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(2003). Until 1990, the store belonged to Liverpool's now-defunct Lewis's
Lewis's was a large department store in Liverpool city centre. It was formerly the flagship of a chain of department stores under the Lewis's name, that operated from 1856 to 1991, when the company went into administration. Several stores in the chain were bought by the company Owen Owen and...