Bombay Company
usnook | 2013-07-29 13:26


The Bombay Company is a furniture and home accessories retailer. In Canada, it operates retail stores owned by the B&C Group. In the United States, the brand is owned by Hermes-Otto International in NYC. It was part of a larger American chain based in Fort Worth, Texas, but the U.S. outlets were closed.

The Bombay Company was founded in 1978 by Brad Harper in New Orleans as a mail-order company. Harper later opened two retail stores in New Orleans. In 1980, Harper sold the U.S. operating rights and established overseas supply channels to the Fort Worth, Texas-based holding company Tandy Brands, Inc., which ispublicly traded on NASDAQ.

In 1981, Tandy Brands purchased the Canadian rights from Robert Nourse, though Nourse continued to manage the Canadian operations. In 1983, Nourse moved to the United States and assumed responsibility for retail operations.

Bombay's Canadian operations were purchased by the B&C Group, which operates the Benix and Bowring retail banners in Canada.

In December 2009, William S. Hollands was named chief merchant overseeing the Bombay Company operating unit, which manages the U.S. licensing agreement with Bombay Brands LLC, during its re-emergence as a retail brand in the United States.

In 2011, Bombay was purchased by Hermes-Otto International, a subsidiary of Otto.

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