National jewellery retailer Chisholm Hunter has reopened its Manchester store following an extensive £1.25 million refurbishment.
Capturing 42 million visitors per year, many of whom are tourists, the Arndale Centre where Chisholm Hunter is located in Manchester enjoys strong footfall and presents lucrative opportunities for retailers.
To capitalise on this, Chisholm Hunter has occupied the adjacent premises to its original unit, and given the entire site a luxurious revamp.
“Manchester has been a terrific city for us since we opened our doors many years ago. We worked in partnership with the Arndale shopping centre owners who appreciated how pivotal this premises is in that it is directly facing the busiest entrance. Therefore, although the shop was not actually due for a refit at this time we were offered the opportunity of significant expansion which we were delighted to accept,” Chisholm Hunter director, Harry Brown, tells Professional Jeweller.
He continues: “There is now an unrivalled luxury boutique in the Arndale Centre – we had input from top London designers in order to find the perfect balance of contemporary luxury. I am sure the pictures will give a good indication of the stores feel.”
To mark the opening, Brown opened the store with his former manager and mentor, Brian Walton.
Walton is one of Brown’s biggest role models. Over 40 years ago he was Brown’s manager, and played an instrumental role in the Chisholm Hunter director’s development and passion for diamonds.
Today, both Walton and Brown are gemmologists and qualified diamond assessors. It was a special moment for them to stand side by side again and open the refurbished Manchester boutique.
“The USP in Manchester applies to Chisholm Hunter as a whole – we provide an unrivaled luxury experience to each of our clients,” shares Brown, adding: “This is all made possible due to our passionate and skilled people. As always its a privilege to work with yet another inspirational team.”