[WCSA – Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Milestones in 159 years of development of Next plc, the famous fast fashion company (1864)


(wcsa.world) Next is a popular retailer with customers of all ages and backgrounds. The company's commitment to providing quality products at affordable prices has made it one of the most successful retailers in the UK.

Next plc is a British multinational clothing, footwear, and home products retailer, which has its headquarters in Enderby, England. It has around 700 stores, of which circa 500 are in the United Kingdom, and circa 200 across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Next is the largest clothing retailer by sales in the United Kingdom.


The company also offers a wide range of homeware products, including furniture, bedding, and accessories. Next has a strong online presence and its website is one of the most popular in the UK. The company also has a mobile app, which allows customers to shop on the go.



(Wowtimes)Next’sHistory andAchievements

  • 1864: The company was founded by Joseph Hepworth in Leeds as a tailor under the name of Joseph Hepworth & Son.
  • 1884: The company had 100 outlets in the UK.
  • In the early 1900s: Hepworth expanded the company rapidly, becoming a pioneer of the development of chain stores in Britain
  • 1982: The first NEXT womenswear store opened on 12th February.
  • 1984: NEXT for Men launched.
  • 1986: J Hepworth & Son changed its name to NEXT plc.
  • 1987: The company launched NEXT childrenswear.
  • 1994: NEXT’s 300th store opened. The brand was then trading in 16 countries worldwide.
  • 1999: The company launched shopping on the internet.
  • 2009: NEXT extended its home shopping facility to the USA and over 30 other countries worldwide through Nextdirect.com.
  • 2010: NEXT confirmed as Official Clothing and Homeware Supplier to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
  • 2013: NEXT then traded online in more than 70 countries worldwide.
  • 2015: NEXT opened its 546th store
  • 2021: Next announced a joint venture with Gap. Next would manage Gap's UK website and place Gap concessions in some Next stores.
  • 2022: Next had acquired the London-headquartered furniture retailer, Made.com

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