Best Concessional Beauty Retailer

From the large chains to the privately owned department stores, there are so many concessional beauty retail locations on every high street in the country. The Trafford centre for example, which is big but not that big, has 4 Clinique concessions, one at Boots, John Lewis, Selfridges and Debenhams. How do you choose between them? Who really sets the standard.

This year there has been one store chain that really stood out in their effort to transform their beauty business. There’s been whole departmental remodels, new brands, new stores and this has been developed over an incredibly short period of time, all rather impressively and to an ultra-high standard.

The Best Concessional Beauty Retailer Award 2012 goes to Harvey Nichols, who this year have not just given themselves much needed alignment with their competitors, but in fact surpassed them. The Harvey Nichols store in Manchester has been my main haunt which has completely transformed over the last 12 months and I believe there’s more to come. They’ve brought in brands such as Shiseido as well as launching their Beyond Beauty section, an area of luxurious but hard to find brands, all in one place.

Not only have their existing beauty halls been transformed and face-lifted, but they’ve opened Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool, a stunning destination, akin to Sephora on the continent, dedicated purely to premium and luxury beauty.

Harvey Nichols is now my first choice when it comes to beauty shopping and if they eventually get Clarins onboard, it’ll be the only place I part with my beauty hungry cash. Congratulations Harvey Nichols.

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