Tuesday, October 25, 2011

David Jones

The David Jones department store main entrance on City Walk.

In 1838, a Welshman by the name of David Jones opened his first shop in Sydney, which had only been established 50 years earlier. David Jones & Co. flourished, but the business failed after Mr Jones retired. So he came back to work and, with new partners and his son to help, successfully re-established the business.

By 1959 there were three stores, and in the 1960s and 1970s David Jones expanded interstate to Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the ACT. It hasn't all been smooth sailing but today there are 37 DJ's stores, including two in Canberra, as well as an online store.

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