Northern Ireland retailer creates eight new jobs with 2,100sq ft shop.

Faith Jewellers in Portadown, Northern Ireland, is set to create eight new jobs following the opening of a new jewellery store in the town, 18 months after opening its first shop.

Faith owner and founder Rodney Simmons, who has worked in the jewellery industry for 12 years, opened the first Faith jewellery store in October 2010, four months after losing his job when his previous employer, Gems, went into administration.


Now he is set to open a second store in the Rushmere Shopping Centre in Portadown, creating eight new jobs – four full-time and four part-time. 

The 2,100 sq ft shop will open in the first week of May.

Simmons told the Portadown Times: “The store has been doing very, very well and the Rushmere opportunity was just too good to ignore.”

The new store will stock similar brands to the current Faith store, including Thomas Sabo, DKNY, and watches by Fossil and Hugo Boss.

Simmons received financial contributions from his father Alan and brother Kyle when launching the business, which sells jewellery priced from £9.99, topping at £3,000 for a diamond ring.

“We know which brands are popular and change our stock regularly, and this seems to have worked very well for us,” added Simmons.