- Rumbelows was an electrical and electronics retailer in the United
Kingdom. In was established by Fred Dawes as a chain of television and
radio rental shops in the 1950s. The business was initially named Fred
Dawes. In 1969, the business was sold to Radio Rentals (which had merged
with Thorn Electrical Industries), and all the rental accounts were
transferred to Radio Rentals. All 90 of the Fred Dawes stored became
electrical retailers instead, and were renamed Rumbelows.
- Thorn EMI, the company which owned Rumbelows, transferred al of
Rumbelow's rental accounts over to their Radio Rentals chain and in 1995
the remaining 285 Rumbelows shops were closed.