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Chester’s oldest jeweller rises from the ashes after local rival intervenes


Lowe & Sons is to reopen in Chester after a fellow jewellery retailer stepped in to restore the business. 

The centuries-old jewellers closed its doors after 248 years of trading in Chester, but it will begin trading again under its historic name from next month after Powell’s Fine Jewellery decided to take on its lease.

Powell’s staff are reported to have been working “tirelessly” since March in order to save the historic shop, which has traded continuously since 1770.

Staff at Powell’s said that they didn’t want to see the “beautiful Victorian showroom”- which contains an ornately crafted staircase and other original features – lost to both the industry and the public in general.

Talking to CheshireLive, a spokesperson for Powell’s said: “After first hearing of the intention to close Lowe’s we at Powell’s were saddened to learn of its departure from the Chester Rows.

“It has been a pillar of the jewellery and silverware industry for almost 250 years and drew many clients from across the world to the city.

“We immediately set about looking at taking the lease once the existing company closed and 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.”

The store will open with several members of the original staff, including manager Kevin Parry who has worked in the store since the age of 16, the report said.

The spokesperson added: “He managed the store for many years before its closure, and is something of a local celebrity in the antique and silverware scene.

“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.

“We are genuinely delighted to be able to reopen this historic shop, and very much look forward to welcoming both new and returning customers to our iconic store.”


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