In 1885 Arding and Hobbs Department Store was built, and after a 1909 fire was rebuilt to include the landmark cupola. Refurbishment rebranded the store with the parent company Allders name, but some of the original Arding and Hobbs signs were retained. Allders went into liquidation at the start of 2005 and Arding and Hobbs is now part of the Debenhams chain. The cupola is illuminated at night
2023 – a New Chapter
Following the liquidation of Debenhams in 2021, the Arding and Hobbs building remained empty until being taken on by developers W.RE. The ambituous plans are well underway and stores are opening in late 2023. The redeveloped space includes 2 floors for retail and 5 for “workspace”. It’s expect there will be food and drink spaces, a gym and retail.
During the refurb, the builders unexpectedly uncovered a beautiful stained glass ceiling
The image below is a cutaway of the whole structure, showing the two-storey extension:
For more details see https://ardingandhobbs.london/