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Foy and Gibson

Foy & Gibson
Type Department Store
Industry Retail
Founded 1883
Headquarters Australia
Products clothing, manchester, leather goods, soft furnishings, furniture, hardware, food

Foy & Gibson (also known as Foy's) was one of Australia's earliest department store chains, modelled on Le Bon Marché in Paris and other European and American Stores of the period. A large range of goods were manufactured and sold by the company including clothing, manchester, leather goods, soft furnishings, furniture, hardware and food.[1]

The first store was established as a drapery in Smith Street, Collingwood, Victoria by Mark Foy. Ownership of this business was transferred to his son Francis Foy in partnership with Willam Gibson in March 1883. Francis Foy later sold his half share of the business to Gibson and moved to Sydney, establishing Mark Foy's there.[2]

Gibson established a branch of the business in Perth and subsequently opened store a store in Brisbane in 1903 and another in Rundle Street, Adelaide in 1907.[2][3]

In 1955, the company was bought out by Cox Brothers and in 1964, Foy & Gibson (WA) Ltd, including ten stores in Western Australia, was sold to David Jones. The Bourke Street Melbourne store was sold to Woolworths in 1967.[4] The Adelaide store continued to trade under the Cox-Foys banner- owned by Harris Scarfe until it closed in 1977. The store's former building still stands- housing several specialty stores.


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