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The eventual holding company survived as Burton Group plc until , when the current name was substituted. The company was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in , by which time it had stores, factories and mills. After World War II , Montague Burton offered men the chance to buy a full suit, which included jacket, trousers, waistcoat, shirt and underwear, which became known as The Full Monty.
In , the Peter Robinson chain began what became a relaunch as Topshop. The Topshop launch began with Topshop-branded departments within Peter Robinson stores in , with the first standalone Topshop stores opened ten years later in In the Group acquired Evans , a major operator in the field of fashionable clothing for women wearing larger-sized clothes. In the 70s, and as a complement to the suit business, the Group began to develop itself significantly in mainstream clothing retailing by beginning to target chains to precisely defined markets - for example it launched Topman for young men in The firm also expanded its horizons by acquiring businesses outside its fashion heartland, at one point owning Ryman , the stationery chain,  but later scaled back to focus principally on clothing.
The Dorothy Perkins chain was acquired in , enabling the Group to expand into the mainstream womenswear market, following the success of its previous ladieswear ventures Topshop and Evans. In , the Group launched a new chain, Principles , for fashion conscious women with a higher disposable income; this allowed the firm to capitalise on emerging new fashion and business trends of the s, such as power dressing.
Principles for Men was launched a year later, in , following the success of the ladies' division. Also in , the Group acquired Debenhams , then the largest department store group in the UK. The firm also purchased menswear firm Colliers,  ultimately rolling this into the Burton, Topman and Principles For Men chains.
In , spurred on by the recession of the early s which had led to declining sales across the clothing retail market, the Burton Group undertook a major review of its trading space portfolio.
Under the banner of Townprint, the firm reviewed the location and branding of its stores in each town and city in which they operated. At the time of the review, the Group was operating in the region of 1, stores, some of which had been with the group for some years and some of which were no longer performing adequately.
The ultimate result was that the Group ended the leases on around of the outlets they were trading from at that point, though replaced over half of these around stores in all with the lease of store units which the Group had not previously been trading from.
Around stores were transferred from one of the company's brands to another. In , the Group made its first move into home shopping with the acquisition of Innovations, a mail order catalogue company,  along with the Hawkshead brand in July and Racing Green in October Innovations and some related brands were then sold to the home shopping group Great Universal Stores in November The decision to de-merge Debenhams and separate it from the rest of the Group was announced in July At that time, Debenhams became a separate company with its own listing on the London Stock Exchange.
The late s also saw the launch of a new experimental high-fashion menswear chain, SU Style Union , which took its name from its flagship store at Oxford Street in London.
In June , the Group acquired Wade-Smith, the Liverpool -based retailer of designer childrenswear, menswear and womenswear. In June , the Arcadia Group launched Zoom, an e-commerce and Internet Service Provider that forms a key part of the Group's multi-channel approach to retailing. In July , Arcadia Group increased its share of the UK womenswear market with the acquisition of the Sears womenswear businesses, comprising the Warehouse, Wallis, Richards , Miss Selfridge and Outfit brands from the defunct Sears plc.
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