In 1813, Harvey Nichols started as a linen shop in Knightsbridge, London. Now well-heeled shoppers can get their fix of luxury brands such as Jimmy Choo, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen at branches across Britain, the Middle East and Asia. Owned by chairman Dickson Poon of Hong Kong since 1991, the department store operator posted sales of £166.8m under chief executive Joseph Wan in 2007. Its headquarters remain in Knightsbridge and “Harvey Nicks” plans stores in Bristol and Indonesia in 2008.
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