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Who is Harris Scarfe?

Harris Scarfe is one of Australia’s longest trading retailers, with over 160 years of experience. Quite simply, we are your one and only destination for buying great products for you, your family and your home.

We offer all the sheets, quilts, pillows, pots, cutlery, glasses, kitchen accessories, diffusers, scales and more to make your house a home. As well as the latest womens and mens fashion, underwear, business wear, shoes and sports clothing.

Harris Scarfe only sells branded product, whether it be our own exclusive brands or national brands such as Linen House, Circulon, Tefal, Maxwell & Williams, Tontine, Bonds, Berlei, Adidas and Puma. We are also the only Australian retailer for the international design label ‘Simply Vera Vera Wang’ fashion and homewares collection, as collaborated with New York designer Vera Wang. And as a large retailer with low overheads and a love of selling volume, we price to sell, with many amazing offers and discounts to help your dollar go further.

We have over 50 stores open across the metro and regional areas of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, ACT & Queensland, and our goal is to open 5 more stores in 2014.

We employ over 2000 staff across Australia, we pride ourselves on our helpful and friendly customer service, our ability to be innovative, as well as our capacity to change and move within our market.

Discovering value at Harris Scarfe is and will always be our key foundation to keeping our customers coming back. With a proud Australian heritage and renowned for our extensive catalogue program, Harris Scarfe still remains as one of Australia's leading retailers.

 

The history of Harris Scarfe

Harris Scarfe began back in South Australia in 1849 where Mr George Peter Harris & Mr John C Lanyon formed a partnership and laid the foundations for their business as Lanyon & Harris.
 
Lanyon & Harris opened their first premises in Hindley Street, Adelaide during 1850 in a large brick warehouse and operated as an ironmongery wholesaler. After 5 years of trading, Lanyon returned home to England leaving Harris as the sole owner of the business and the opportunity to change the name to Geo. P. Harris.
 
1857 saw George Harris welcome George Scarfe and Richard Smith as major partners and so began Geo. P. Harris Scarfe & Co. In 1877 the company purchased their first Grenfell Street address, not too far from the current flagship store located in the busy Rundle Mall shopping hub.

The business continued to grow and in 1920 the company was rebranded to Harris Scarfe, the name we all know it as today. 2002 saw Harris Scarfe receive a new lease of life with a new logo, new signage and major upgrades to all stores.

 

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