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The Story of Hawkin's Bazaar

With roots that date back to 1973, Britain’s much-loved Hawkin’s Bazaar started life as a small mail order toy company. Set up in Northumberland by the late Sid Templer, the brand has grown immensely since then, becoming a nationally known name on the UK high street.

However, the company we all know and love today wasn’t actually given its iconic name straight away. When the firm left Northumberland behind and moved premises to a disused pub in Suffolk, formerly known as the Hawk Inn, the founder had a brainwave.

Realising that the company could save a line in their address if they persuaded the Post Office that they could cope with a transition from Hawk Inn to Hawkin, ‘Hawkin’s & Co’ was officially born.

Shoot ahead to the late 1990s, add in a ‘Bazaar’ for obvious reasons, and the first associated shop opened in Salisbury. From there, Hawkin’s Bazaar bred into a chain of treasured high street shops across the UK, allowing customers to see, touch and often have a play with a range of products before buying them.

In 1998, building from their high street reputation, Hawkin’s Bazaar joined the world of online retailing and registered the domain name Ten years on, and the company entered the realm of social media, setting up the Hawkin’s Bazaar Facebook Page in 2008 and shortly after, in early 2009, the official Twitter page @HawkinsBazaar.

In early 2012, like many British retailers, the brand went through a brief period of administration. After enhancing, re-strategising and streamlining the business, the company came out the other side better than ever before, and in late 2012, re-launched the website packing it full of new and exciting features, including the Hawkin’s Bazaar blog, the Gift Finder and the Wishlist.

Finally, in 2013, after a happy stint at The Old Aerodrome in Beccles, the company moved to new premises, with the head office sitting in Norwich and the warehouse in Eye.

Today, Hawkin’s Bazaar’s long-established presence on the British high street is still going strong, with a smaller yet stable chain of stores, as well as a range of Christmas pop-ups. The Hawkin range is also still available by mail-order even 40 years on, and is going stronger than ever at