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Habitat Retail is a retailer of household furnishings in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and has franchised outlets in other countries. Founded in 1964 by Terence Conran, it was sold by the IKANO Group, owned by the Kamprad family, in December 2009 to Hilco, a restructuring specialist. On 24 June 2011 all but three UK Habitat stores were put into administration in a deal to sell the indebted furniture chain, with the brand and the three London stores sold to Home Retail Group.
In October 2009, Habitat employed 1,574 staff and operated in 71 stores: 35 in the UK, 26 in France, five in Spain and five in Germany. The company used to have stores in Galway and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland but these were closed down in 2008 In addition, the company operated stores or concession in Belgium,Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Thailand, Turkey and Scandinavia. The company also operated sourcing offices in Italy, Poland, Slovenia and China.
Working for Habitat
Since 1964 Habitat has been synonymous with outstanding design and products that are enduring, inventive and unexpected - values which are core to the business and our people.
Habitat is going through exciting times and our people are the most important assets driving this change, creativity and innovation. Alongside the three London flagship stores and a fast growing web-site the brand is now available in over 200 Homebase stores countrywide. Our expansion continues with Mini Habitat stores in Homebase opening all over the country. Furthermore, a selection of our best loved pieces is also available through Argos, making the brand even more accessible to customers.
Habitat has always been about inspiration, innovation and affordability and most importantly remarkable design. Our in-house design team take pride in carefully considering all aspects of each design for new collections, so customers won’t find the same product anywhere else.
Remarkable design, remarkable people and a remarkable place to work!