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Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason, often shortened to just "Fortnum's", is a department store situated in central London, with two other branches in Japan. Its headquarters is located at 181 Piccadilly, where it was established in 1707 by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. It is privately owned by Wittington Investments Ltd.
With a clientele that includes Prince William and Kate Middleton, Fortnum & Mason is recognised internationally for its high quality goods and as an iconic British symbol. It has held many Royal Warrants over the past 150 years.
Founded as a grocery store, Fortnum's reputation was built on supplying quality food, and saw rapid growth throughout the Victorian era. Though Fortnum's developed into a department store, it continues to focus on stocking a variety of exotic, specialty and also 'basic' provisions. It is also the location of a celebrated tea shop.
Fortnum & Mason is famed for its loose-leaf tea and its world-renowned luxury picnic hampers, which the store first distributed to Victorian High Society for events such as the Henley Regatta and Ascot Races. These hampers – which contain luxury items such as Stilton cheese, champagne, Quails eggs and smoked salmon – remain popular today, especially at Christmas time and can cost (as of 2008) anything from £35 up to £25,000.
Fortnum & Mason have always been known for exceptional Quality and Service. For 300 years they have served the best of British and International produce to their customers.
Their legendary service does not happen by accident: it takes talent, skill, knowledge, attention to detail, discreet courtesy, effort and energy. Those who can consistently demonstrate appropriate individual initiative within a collaborative team framework thrive at Fortnum & Mason.
This quintessentially British Company create products tailored to make every customer feel special and allow them all to enjoy a hamper of little luxuries.
Some of Fortnum’s latest visitors even include the Queen, Camilla Parker Bowles and Kate Middleton, who visited in the summer of 2012 for the Queens Diamond Jubilee.