Coney Street store closes – Due to reopen under a new brand

The Fraser Hart building on the corner of Coney Street. Photographs: Richard McDougall
5 Mar 2020 @ 7.47 am
| Business

One of York’s most distinctive shops has closed.

But it is to open again after a refit and a rebrand.

Fraser Hart jewellers is shut and shuttered. It is being transformed into Mappin & Webb, which has 14 shops across the country.

The opening date is Wednesday, 11 March.

Jewellery and watches

It has a prominent position

The Fraser Hart chain was owned by the Anthony Nicholas Group.

In December it sold seven of the shops to the Watches Of Switzerland group, which has its HQ in Leicester.

It is rebranding the York store as a Mappin & Webb, which sells jewellery and stocks brands of watches, including Rolex.

A poster in the Fraser Hart window

The store dates its origins to 1775 when Jonathan Mappin opened a silver workshop in Sheffield.

It’s website states: “The brand continues to be known for its classic silverware and as a stockist of luxury Swiss watch brands, but it is through its fine jewellery that a renaissance is being driven – elegant, quintessentially British and feminine.”