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After 312 years, the Queen’s grocer expands out of England for first time

It has been serving British tea to shoppers from its London store since the reign of Queen Anne.

Now Fortnum and Mason, the royal grocer, is to open its first international shop and restaurant abroad, having waited three centuries for the right moment.

The privately owned retailer, bought by the billionaire Weston family in 1951, chose Hong Kong as the destination for its first venture abroad.

It comes at a critical time for the U.K., as it wrestles to leave the EU. The investment will be seen as a strong sign that British firms are shrugging off uncertainty around Brexit to invest and grow.

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