National jeweller Chisholm Hunter is taking over a space on Dundee’s high street previously occupied by H Samuel for over 100 years.
Ownership records show that Chisholm Hunter Holdings Ltd – the chain’s financial assets firm – acquired the shop unit on the corner of Reform Street and High Street in July 2014 for just under £1.5 million. It is only now though that the company’s vision is set to come to life.
H Samuel, which has traded from the unit since 1905, shut its doors last week, with Chisholm Hunter revealing plans to open its boutique in the spring.
Harry Brown, director of Chilshom Hunter, says it will be a “proud moment” when he opens his first shop in the city.
Brown tells the local Evening Telegraph: “We had spent many years looking for the perfect site and we couldn’t believe our luck when what we feel is the best location in the city became available.
“It will be a proud moment for Chisholm Hunter to open our new flagship boutique on Reform Street this spring.”
Prior to its closure, H Samuel had been a long-standing fixture on Dundee’s high street for decades.
In fact, its corner clock was a favoured meeting point for locals and tourists alike – but Brown has hinted that it will not be going anywhere.
“When we first visited the site it was very sad to see such an iconic building looking so tired,” Brown continues to tell the Evening Telegraph. “The vision when we took the site six years ago was to restore it to its former glory – now in 2020 the time is upon us and this vision has not changed.
“I am fully aware that the clock is synonymous with the city of Dundee. We are still in early stages of planning however [people can] rest assured the clock will be something to behold once restored. Time keeping will most certainly not be an issue!”
Work has begun on taking down H Samuel fixtures on the Reform Street unit.
Chisholm Hunter has been on a rapid expansion programme, investing heavily in recent years. The Dundee store joins the retailer’s 22 boutiques across the UK.
The company is seeking to hire ten people for the new shop.