A RETAILER that started in South Australia about 170 years ago will open a store in Joondalup this weekend.
Having been out of the WA market since 2001, Harris Scarfe will open a store at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre on April 29 to sell home wares, manchester, cookware and apparel.
The store will occupy 1550sq m and create 25 retail jobs, with Joondalup resident Jason Willett taking up a role as store manager. A former ECU Joondalup student, Mr Willett had worked at Best & Less since 2012 before taking up that role.
Harris Scarfe chief executive Graham Dean said the opportunity in the WA market was in line with expansion and growth plans nationally.
The store will stock brands such as Debenhams, Scanpan, Tefal, Breville, Sunbeam, Sheridan, Tontine, Soren, Linen House, Bonds, Berlei, Triumph, Hush Puppies, Van Heusen and Tosca, and is the only Australian retailer to sell the diffusion line by New York-based Simply Vera by Vera Wang.
The first 100 customers through the doors on April 29 will receive a $20 gift card to spend in store.
Harris Scarfe started in SA in 1849 where George Peter Harris and John C Lanyon formed a partnership as Lanyon & Harris, opening an Adelaide ironmongery wholesaler the following year.
The business continued to grow and in 1920, the company was rebranded to Harris Scarfe.
UPDATE, May 2: About 130 people queued up to get into the Harris Scarfe store on April 29.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard joined store manager Jason Willett and Harris Scarfe chief executive Graham Dean cutting the ribbon.