Fire-hit retailer opens temporary store in Bath location.
Jewellery retailer Nicholas Wylde has set up a temporary shop in the former Clive Ranger premises in Bath after its own store was destroyed by a fire earlier this month.
The temporary store has opened on Old Bond Street in the city. It is housed in the same space as the former Clive Ranger jewellery store that closed this month after administrators were unable to find a new owner for the entire business.
Nicholas Wylde’s long-term store in Northumberland Place in Bath is currently undergoing major renovation after the shop floor and first floor were gutted by a fire on May 1.
The retailer plans to return to the space after the work is completed, having operated in Bath for more than 25 years.
Nicholas Wylde said of the fire: “It has been a very challenging and emotional time, but with the support of people around me it has made me very positive and determined to get back on my feet.”
"The store will need to be completely refurbished, but luckily all the jewellery on site was kept in a fire-proof safe overnight so was intact."
The temporary shop and workshop are now fully operating and Wylde says that normal service has "resumed rapidly", enabling the business to fulfil customers’ requests as normal.
The Clive Ranger store in Bath was closed earlier this month, along with retail locations in Bristol and Swansea, after the firm went into administration. Its Cardiff store was bought out by its manager of 10 years Carl Parry, saving all seven staff member’s jobs in the process.