Historic Chester jewellery store saved from closure

Lowe & Sons closed earlier this year in April after almost 248 years of trading when the lease on the property ran out

Lowe & Sons, located in Chester, has been saved from closure after its lease was bought by Powells Fine Jewellery, and is set to reopen on 16 November 2018.
The independent and historic jewellery store has been trading in the region since 1770 and has occupied its existing premises in Bridge Street Row since 1804.

Leonard Prescott, store manager at Powells, told Jewellery Focus the group “was saddened to learn of its departure from the Chester Rows”, and added that it has been “a pillar of the jewellery and silverware industry for almost 250 years which drew many clients from across the world to the city”.

He added: “As a family of jewellers ourselves, we didn’t want to see the beautiful Victorian showroom be lost to the both the industry and the public in general. With this in mind we immediately set about looking at taking the lease once the existing company closed.”

Prescott said the group was able to recruit several members of the original team, including Kevin Parry, the manager who had worked at the store since the age of 16. He managed the store for many years before it’s closure, and is considered “something of a local celebrity in the antique and silverware scene”.

Prescott said: “Working tirelessly since March of this year we have been striving to save this unique piece of Chester’s history and bring it back to the high standards and traditions that made Lowe’s a destination for so many customers over its long and illustrious lifetime.

“With his help and input we have been searching far and wide to bring together a selection of fine jewellery and silverware for the showroom. It is with genuine delight that we are able to announce that Lowe & Son’s will be reopening it’s doors in early November and keeping its place on Bridge Street Row in the Historic city of Chester.

“We very much look forward to welcoming both new and returning customers to our iconic store from Friday 16 November, and are proud to be adding a new and exciting chapter to the legacy of this prestigious part of Chester’s heritage.”

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