While putting together the list of offshore private vaults offering safe deposit boxes/lockers for this blog’s sister site, I learned that two of the best-known department stores in the world- Harrods and Selfridges in London, England- provided this service.
Yesterday, The Huffington Post website published a piece about Harrods Safe Deposit, which opened in 1896 and according to the store’s website:
…is a fully secure safe and strong room facility that guarantees complete safety and confidentiality. Personal safes can be rented at a yearly flat rate, from a small box right up to whole strong room.
Michael Levin wrote Wednesday in “What You Don’t Know About Harrods (But The Rich And Famous Do)”:
One of the most unique services the store offers is most likely unknown to all but a few of its shoppers.
I’m talking about the Safe Deposit at basement level where, since the current building’s creation in 1897, customers have kept safe deposit boxes and “strong rooms” where they keep money, collectibles, art, antiques, and other valuables as safe as in any bank.
The clientele for the service includes royals from around the world, VIPs, celebrities, movie stars, and the ultra-rich who have often passed their Harrods safe deposit boxes and strong rooms from one generation to the next…
Levin went on to talk about that private vault’s construction, it’s history, modern-day operations, and the head of the Safe Deposit Gary Parkins, who is set to retire in 2017 after forty years of service to Harrods (congratulations Mr. Parkins!)
By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)
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