Chris Dee steps down as Harrods food chief
The man in charge of Harrods’ food halls, Chris Dee, has stepped down from his role after two years with the world-famous London department store.
A spokeswoman for Harrods confirmed to FFD that Dee had left the business and was no longer food & home director – a position that also oversaw the Knightsbridge retailer’s many dining areas and its home & technology departments.
“Chris is leaving to focus on new ventures and to spend more time with his family in the North of England. Harrods wishes him the very best in his next endeavours,” said the spokeswoman.
“Over the course of two years at Harrods, Chris has been instrumental in some of the most important developments in Harrods’ food and home divisions, including the renovation and relaunch of the historic dining halls as well as the redevelopment of the home and technology departments.”
Harrods said it currently had no further updates about the food halls or a replacement for Dee, who only last month announced the opening of a new cocktail venue, the Baccarat Bar, in the Knightsbridge store.
At the beginning of July, the retailer was widely reported to have told staff that it would be making around 700 employees redundant – citing reduced footfall and sales brought on by COVID-19 – but no specific departments were officially identified.
Harrods closed the doors of its flagship store completely during lockdown, including its food halls, and reopened in mid-June like most other high street retailers.
Chris Dee was appointed to his role in August 2018, with a wider remit than his predecessor Alex Dower, and presided over several phases of Harrods’ comprehensive revamp of its food halls and restaurants.
Before this, he was best known as a stalwart at high-end supermarket chain Booths, where he worked for 22 years, including a stint as the company’s CEO.
Harrods’ most recent move to recover from the effects of the pandemic has been to open a new 80,000 sq ft outlet at the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush. This will help it manage its stock levels in non-food departments including fashion, accessories and home.