Chester’s oldest jeweller ceases trading after 248 years

Independent jeweller Lowe & Sons has announced it will be closing its doors after 248 years in the city.

Known for its unique silverware and vintage jewellery, the historic jeweller has become an iconic retail establishment in Chester.

Not only is Lowe & Son Chester’s the oldest jewellers, it’s believed to be the oldest store still trading in the city centre.

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Lowe & Sons has been trading since 1770, and occupied in its existing premises in Bridge Street Row since 1804.

Now, as the jeweller comes to the end of its lease, Lowe & Sons has made the “difficult” decision to close its doors.

Richard Hogben from Lowe & Sons told local newspaper Chester Chronicle: “Deciding to close the business has been a very difficult decision and we have thought long and hard about it. The store is seen very much as part of the city and its rich retail history is a story to behold. Ultimately, as the lease has reached its end, it is the right decision for us to cease trading at this time.

Lowe & Sons website has now become a closing down ad.

“We are very pleased that we are able to hold this close-down sale and offer our valued customers a final chance to take away a beautiful and memorable piece of jewellery; and of course, a last opportunity to look around the spectacular premises.”

A grand closing down sale will start on Saturday, April 14, offering 50% savings on a wide range of stock.

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