Since opening the first store in York in 1890, we have been running an independent family-owned department store for over 130 years.
Expanding into other locations; Helmsley, Beverley and Gainsborough, Browns have created an experience within their stores, where a stunning selection of products and services are on offer within one concept.
Our founder Alderman Henry Rhodes Brown twice became Lord Mayor of York in 1913 & 1932, declaring Skeldergate Bridge free of tolls on April 1st, 1914.
In 1990 we changed our name from W.P Brown to Browns as it still is today. This then followed with expansion into other areas, with the opening of the Helmsley Store in 1992, Beverley Store in 2010 & the Gainsborough Store in 2012.