"Its about arriving in a location, and looking and learning. You will see that all of the stores are adapted to their environment. Ian has a knack of arriving in a city and listening to its heartbeat and adapting the brand to fit the new city. "Now on a well earned sabbatical, after successive years of 14 hour days, McCandlish and his wife are now on an extended tour of the Far East, these days the nearest thing to home that this self described "nomad" can think of. He and his wife are neighbours of the King of Thailand, with a beach house in the upmarket Thai resort of Hua Hin, though time spent in East Asia does not detract from his incessant globe trotting to keep on top of opportunities in the retail scenes in Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, or Istanbul. He was back in a cold and rainy Glasgow last week (it would have had to be an extremely tempting offer to bring him back permanently) visiting relations and casting a practised eye on how the market was .
UAE and ATG, McCandlish represented his London based bosses in negotiations with the landlord from conception to completion. These negotiations concern all fashion and jewellery concessions and cosmetics brands, appointing the staff in all areas including IT, human resources, operations, sales and hospitality. Once recruited, the staff must be trained in the culture of Harvey Nichols, to ensure that the super exclusive cachet of the chain's existing stores is not tainted by the perception of lower standards in a new satellite. McCandlish comes Adidas Gazelle For Ladies
from Royston, an unluxurious part of north Glasgow. He studied computing science at Paisley College of Technology before transferring to business studies at Central College of Commerce. He spent five years as a management trainee at Woolworths, and first worked for Harvey Nichols in 1996, in the early days of its transformation by the HK property tycoon Dickson Poon, who bought the store from the Burton Group.
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operation, with a reputation for fearsome exclusivity but without much industry respect, given that it was failing to maximise on its proverbially ultra chic appeal to the Bollinger swilling super rich. The new management team was prepared to risk everything on turning a company that had sat out the explosive retail colonialism of the 1980s into a nationwide, then international, brand. Adidas Gazelle Og McCandlish was key to the strategy of supporting the Kingsbridge flagship, while conducting the risky operation of opening and running the first full line stores outside London. What would these stores look like? What kind of business basis would be established? Which lines would they carry? The sheet of paper was a blank one, and McCandlish did much of the crucial research. By 1998, Harvey Nichols was profitable, and ready to grow outside of its base, first in Leeds, then in 2002 in Edinburgh. "Harvey Nichols doesn't have a set template," says one retail analyst who knows McCandlish's work.
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