Harrods closes piano department
A gradual decline in piano sales means the luxury department store can no longer justify retail space for the instrument, but said it will continue to deal with sell them on a case-by-case basis.
Only around 4,000 acoustic pianos are sold in the UK each year, according to the Telegraph, compared with 14,000 in the late 1960s.
"It's really sad. This is one of the oldest departments in Harrods," an employee told The Times. "[But] pianos don't do as well as handbags."
The company declined to give sales figures to The Times but said that pianos no longer "warrant the space" in the shop. "If a customer wanted to buy a piano, we would deal with it, but we'd do it on a case-by-case basis. [Sales have] been declining over a long period of time."
Harrods has been selling pianos for over 118 years and attracts a string of famous customers, including Myleene Klass, Katherine Jenkins and Cliff Richard.