Bradford jeweller closes after 160 years

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Famous location, taken over by Goldsmiths 25 years ago, shuts doors.

A 160-year-old jewellery retail store in Bradford city centre that was once home to Fattorini’s has closed down, according to a report in Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus newspaper.

The location, once home to a Fattorini jewellery store, had housed a branch of Goldsmiths for the last 25 years.

The retailer took on the store when Fattorini left the location in 1986. The recent store closure follows in the footsteps of Goldsmiths’ sister retailer Mappin & Webb, which closed in Bradford last year. Both stores were operated by Aurum Holdings, the owner of Goldsmiths and Mappin & Webb stores in the UK.

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The report said that the closure brought to an end an association between Fattorini and the city of Bradford which began in 1846 with the opening of the original shop by Antonio Fattorini, who came to England after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Fattorini launched his jewellery empire in 1931, and his two sons John and Edward Fattorini settled in Bradford where they built the business.

Fattorini’s is also known for designing the FA Cup trophy, first won in 1911 by Bradford City and still in use today, said the Telegraph & Argus report.

News of the closure is said to have prompted Bradford Chamber of Trade secretary Val Summerscales to slate councillors and mall developer Westfield – which is set to open a large-scale mall locating in Bradford – for making the city centre a “retail desert”.
 

 

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