Company: Switzer & Co Ltd

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Company name: Switzer & Co Ltd
Dates in business: 1838-

Type of business: Department store retailers

Type of company: Partnership 1838/1890

Type of company: Public limited liability company 1890-1971

Type of company: Private limited liability company 1971-1985

  • Grafton Street, Wicklow Street, Clarendon Street, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  • Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  • Galway, Galway, Ireland

Company history

Switzer & Co Ltd was incorporated on 6th June 1890, with its first chairman being John Wright Switzer. The business was first established in 1838 as a drapers and tailors in premises at 91 Grafton Street, Dublin. As the business expanded towards the end of the nineteeth century, the company acquired Commercial Hall on the corner of Grafton and Wicklow Streets and another buildiing opposite in Clarendon Street. This allowed the buisness to evolve into a department store.

The company became associated with Cash & Co, Cork in the 1960s and had stores in Galway (Moons) and Limerick (Todds) in addition to the flagship store on Grafton Street, Dublin. Switzer & Co Ltd was bought by House of Fraser and Waterford Glass in 1971, House of Fraser buying 40 percent of the business. In 1985, House of Fraser acquired complete control of the company. Switzer & Co Ltd was acquired by the Irish department store retailers. Brown Thomas & Co Ltd in 1995. The Switzer stores have since been refurbished and trade under the Brown Thomas name (2009).

Records held for Switzer & Co Ltd:

FRAS 1705
Title: Annual report and accounts
Date: 1971
FRAS 1706
Title: Over a century and a quarter of service
Date: 1963
FRAS 1707
Title: Advertisement for summer sale
Date: 1900
FRAS 1708
Title: Photograph of store exterior
Date: c1970
FRAS 1709
Title: Prospectus
Date: 1900
FRAS 1710
Title: Report and valuation
Date: 1981

Related People and Companies:

Corporation name: House of Fraser Ltd
Dates of connection: 1982-
Connection type: James Howell & Co Ltd was acquired by House of Fraser Ltd in 1972.

Access points: Department stores - Retail trade

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