Deathwatch: Curtains for Habitat?

24 June 2011

retail deathwatch It looks like another famous brand name could be about to hit the buffers and it’s the iconic Habitat. Home Retail Group are in talks about acquiring three of the company’s flagship stores and using the Habitat name within their Homebase stores.

As for the rest of the Habitat chain, well frankly, it could be curtains. Lovely curtains probably. That could mean the closure of 30 stores and the loss of as many as 900 jobs.

Habitat has been around since it was set up by Sir Terence Conran in 1964 but it recently fell into the hands of the Kamprad family, “heirs to the Ikea fortune” according to the Daily Mail. They passed it on Hilco, who had a hand in the death of MFI and are pretty good at this sort of thing.

Home Retail would look to add Habitat to the Schreiber and Hygena brand names that they have previously bought and added to their Homebase portfolio. Will you miss Habitat? What’s it like in there? We’ve genuinely never been in. Sorry.

UPDATE KLAXON: Home Retail Group have bought the Habitat brand for £24.5 million but as expected, the rest of the company will go into administration.


  • Murray
    What's it like? Nice-ish but VERY expensive.
  • Paul
    Will they still honour gift vouchers? I have some in the drawer from about 5 yeards ago.
  • Len D.
    Paul - apparently they expire if they havent been used (or balance checked) in 24 consecutive months.
  • Mentaldwarf
    My lass had some 7/8 year old paper gift vouchers that she spent in March this year. Worth a try asking in-store.
  • angry S.
    Stylish, but hopelessly overpriced. Ideal for people with more money than sense (thankfully, a dying breed; unfortunately not due to an increase in sense)
  • StuPid
    Of course where they went wrong was by not selling priest-black socks - the only ones that are very very very very very very very black and not simply very very very very very very dark blue
  • Grumpy
    Ah, I have a £5 voucher I got for free on HUKD. Not a clue where it is. Best spend it sharpish!
  • Dick
    £5 gets you fuck all in Habitat.
  • Grassy T.
    @StuPid I think you're getting Habitat and Habit-hat confused there
  • tybee r.
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