Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Historic Dublin jeweller to reopen

West jewellers' branch on Grafton Street is to reopen

The former home of an iconic jeweller on Ireland's most famous shopping street is set to sparkle once again.

West jewellers on Grafton Street is to reopen its doors under the ownership of another of Dublin's renowned gem traders, John Brereton.

It is understood the end of terrace property, at number 33 on the corner with South Anne Street, was bought for around five million euro in recent days.

The upmarket West jewellers shut down last year after 290 years trading in the capital. It had claimed to be the oldest jewellers in Europe.

Paul Brereton, son of John Brereton, revealed they will open a new store at the four-storey premises later this year after a complete refit.

"We are thrilled about this upcoming business opportunity and are looking forward to occupying a fine jewellery retail shop on Ireland's premier high street," he said.

"I'm proud that an Irish business is moving in once again to take centre stage."

Homegrown jewellers have been coming under pressure in the shopping thoroughfare with the opening in recent years of international dealers Boodles, Tiffany and Cartier.

John Brereton first opened in Capel Street in 1916.

It employs 30 people across three shops in the capital and expects to create a number of jobs for its new flagship store on Grafton Street.

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