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The history of El Corte Inglés

With a history spanning nearly eight decades, El Corte Inglés has grown from a small tailoring firm to one of the largest department store groups in Europe. We take a look the company’s heritage in Madrid, the place where it all started

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Today El Corte Inglés is one of the biggest department store groups in Europe and Spain’s only department store chain. Its history dates back to 1935, when Ramón Areces bought a tailoring shop in Madrid whose name, which translates as ‘the English Cut’, already had a certain prestige in the city. By 1940, the business was doing well enough to expand into another building on Calle de Preciados, which, after extensive refurbishment, became a 2,000-square-metre department store arranged over five floors.

Over the following decades, the company continued to prosper and expand, and now there are more than 82 stores in Spain and Portugal who welcome approximately 630 million visitors a year. As you’d expect, El Corte Inglés offers a huge variety of products including fashion, homewares, entertainment, gourmet food and even property and holidays.

The primary flagship store in Madrid is the ultimate shopper’s paradise, encompassing the largest collection of designers of any store in the country, making it a leading light in luxury shopping.

El Corte Inglés, Calle de Raimundo Fernández Villaverde 79, 28003 Madrid, +34 (0) 914 18 88 00



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