Edinburgh jeweller Hamilton & Inches is undertaking a restoration of its Grade A-listed premises on the city’s historic George Street, investing in the long-term future of the business.
The renovation of the the 19th-century building will include changes to all five storeys and will see its showroom, workshops and service department transformed.
The business revealed that its confidence in Edinburgh as a first-class retail destination played a big part in the decision.
Victoria Houghton, Hamilton & Inches CEO, told Professional Jeweller: “Our location on George Street is a five-storey Georgian building that was in dire need of restoration.
“The project has seen us reviewing every floor to meet growing demand. Whereas it started out initially for the shop, we’ve now upgraded all of the back offices and we’ve also introduced two private viewing rooms.
“We’re enlarging the Rolex viewing area and the Patek area, too! We now feel we’ll be able to give a more contemporary offering.”
On Hamilton & Inches’ decision to invest in its future, she added: “We’ve been in the business for 154 years and we hope to be in the business for another 154 years.
“We believe in Edinburgh as a retail destination and I hope this also enforces that. It’s a beautiful building and we want to return it to its glory.”
The shop will be closed for restoration in January and is already planning its reopening in February.
Look out for PJ‘s full interview with Houghton in the first episode of the Professional Jeweller Podcast, releasing next Monday. Also featured will be Domino Jewellery’s Andrew Morton.