Forfar department store Jarvis Brothers welcomes increase in in-store shoppers

Although the rise of digital has dramatically changed the retail sector, Forfar-based store Jarvis Brothers is optimistic about its future as the recovery continues.

Owner Charles Jarvis said: “We have seen more and more people coming back to shop in-store and we hope that will continue over the next few years.

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Jarvis Brothers was founded nearly 140 years ago and became a limited company in 1952 when Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne.

The store was established in 1884 by William and George Jarvis, who built the store’s current premises on Castle Street in Forfar in 1892 for £4,000. The family business initially made clothes and curtains, and supplied rugs and carpets to customers in the region.

Today, according to Charles Jarvis, despite the growth of online shopping, the department store will continue to go from strength to strength.

The Jarvis Brothers department store in Forfar became a limited company the same year the Queen ascended the throne. Photo: contribution.

He said: “We operated from the Victorian era through the Elizabethan era and the Great Depression through to the financial troubles of 2008. Although we have fallen on hard times, we have developed a strong sense of resilience, and I believe we will continue to serve the people of Scotland well for the foreseeable future. »