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a major influence on High Streets throughout the UK since 1982

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The NEXT retail chain launched in 1982 and ever since has been a major influence on shaping the future of fashion (6K)

The first store opened its doors in February, 1982, with an exclusive range of stylish clothes, shoes and accessories for women. This was quickly followed by collections for men, children and the home. NEXT clothes are styled by their in-house design team which offers consistency of style, quality and value for money with a contemporary fashion edge.

Today in 2007 NEXT trades from over 450 stores in the UK and Ireland and from over 100 franchise stores overseas. Recently, several larger stores have opened across the UK and in October 2005, NEXT opened a store in excess of 80,000 square feet at the Manchester Arndale Centre.

NEXT Directory, the ground-breaking mail order operation, next directory cataloguelaunched in 1988 with a hardback book containing 350 pages, creating the blueprint for catalogue retailing. There are over 1100 pages in the Spring/Summer 2007 book offering extensive collections for women, men, children and everything for the home.

Online shopping was launched in 1999 and the entire catalogue is available to shop from on the internet, page by page - another first in Home Shopping in the UK.

Next Sale - one of the best retail sales with the best of Next Directory's fantastic range of fashion and homeware at bargain prices.

The History of NEXT
  • 1864 - J Hepworth & son, Gentleman's Tailors was established in Leeds.

  • 1981 - Hepworth bought the chain of Kendalls rainwear shops to develop a Womenswear group of shops called NEXT.

  • 1982 - The first NEXT womenswear store was opened on 12th February. There were 70 shops by the end of July.

  • 1984 - Launch of NEXT for Men in August. By December there were 52 shops. The first mini department store in Edinburgh opened incorporating womenswear, menswear, shoes and a café.

  • 1985 - Launch of NEXT Interiors range of soft furnishings for the home in August. First department store with womenswear, menswear and interiors opened in Regent Street, London.

  • 1986 - Parent company, J Hepworth & Son changed its name to NEXT plc. Acquisition of Grattan plc (mail order company).

  • 1987 - Launch of NEXT childrenswear.

  • 1988 - Launch of NEXT Directory in January. David Jones appointed Chief Executive of NEXT plc.

  • 1990 - Lord Wolfson of Sunningdale became Chairman of NEXT plc.

  • 1991 - Sale of Grattan to Otto Versand.

  • 1993 - NEXT announces brand strategy of 'One Brand Two Ways of Shopping', bringing together the common ranges across both retail and home shopping formats.

  • 1994 - NEXT now trading from 300 stores in 16 countries worldwide.

  • 1995 - Successful relaunch of NEXT for the Home.

  • 1998 - Sir Brian Pitman appointed as Chairman.

  • 1999 - Launch of shopping on the internet from the NEXT Directory at

  • 2000 - Next day delivery introduced as standard for orders placed before 5pm with the NEXT Directory.

  • 2001 - Several new larger stores opened. Launch of Simon Wolfson appointed Chief Executive.

  • 2002 - Internet speed disk introduced in March. David Jones appointed Chairman.

  • 2003 - NEXT opens new larger format stores in Nottingham, Birmingham, Dudley and Newcastle Gateshead together with a large Home store at Glasgow Braehead.

  • 2004 - NEXT opens first Scandinavian store in Denmark offering menswear, womenswear and childrenswear.

  • 2005 - NEXT Home launches Wedding List Service.
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  • 2006 - John Barton appointed Chairman.

  • 2012 - Next Australia Launches

Go to Next Directory at to get more information regarding the Next UK catalogue website and this site also reviews all the home shopping mail order catalogue websites available in the UK.
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