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End of civilisation: Harrods shuts piano showroom

It was the one department where a shopper could seek peace and quiet during the winter sales, a roomful of grand pianos that you could try out to your heart’s content and obtains the price of shipping to Dubai.

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But sales gave dropped from 30,000 a year in the 1980s to just 5,000 last year and the owners of Harrods are slamming down the lid.

Even sadder than the finality of that decision is the editorial selection of the Times which, breaking the story this morning, illustrates it with a picture of Barbie-doll warbler Katherine Jenkins on the stool. Couldn’t they at least have pasted in a proper pianist?

 

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  1. Wait a minute, I thought those figures looked fishy (your sales figures, not Ms Jenkins’!)

    You said:
    “But sales gave dropped from 30,000 a year in the 1980s to just 5,000 last year and the owners of Harrods are slamming down the lid.”

    The Times article said:
    “The number of people in Britain buying pianos dropped from 30,000 a year in the 1980s to about 5,000 last year, as customers turn to electronic keyboards. ”

    I was going to say, if they had £30,000 of sales in Harrods in the 80s I’m surprised they didn’t close it down sooner – they should be getting that per square foot in a place like that. And one piano is many square feet of course. I expect shipping to Dubai alone is 30k!

    On the other hand if Harrods alone had 5000 customers per year for pianos they’d probably keep the department open. Hence my head scratching.

    It would be interesting to know what their figures actually were (pianos sold, turnover, anything…) but I suspect they’d need to sell several dozen Steinways at £120k each plus shipping to justify the floor space. Pianos just don’t sell that much per square foot, not compared to shoes or handbags!

    (But I bet they’d still sort you out with a Steinway shipped to Dubai if you asked)

    • Yr questioning is well justified. Correct me if I’m wrong but my understanding is that Harrods don’t sell Steinway pianos, Steinway hall in London does and Steinway world wide are doing very well.

  2. Oh this is really sad to know. I’ve seen this place just twice when I was a younger and I was so amazed with all the pianos inside. It’s sad to see like Harrods closed down.

  3. Haha!! Brilliant. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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