Howells Jewellers has completed its refurbishment after fourth generation jeweller, Paul Howells, obtained a six-figure loan to invest in his 155-year-old family business.
The renovation is said to bring the retail outlet “back to life” and it has safeguarded four jobs in the market town of Haverfordwest.
Established in 1866 by Howells’ great-grandfather, Howells Jewellers is located on Quay Street in Haverfordwest.
The loan was obtained from the Development Bank of Wales and funding from Pembrokeshire County Council’s Houses into Homes Empty Property Scheme, designed to bring empty properties back into use.
Howells said: “We’re really proud of our family business and enjoy the job that we do; helping our customers to choose the perfect jewellery. However, our building was in a bad state of repair and needed refurbishing in-order to secure the long-term success of the business and give the property a new lease of life.
“The funding from the Development Bank and Pembrokeshire Council has enabled us to restore the building with a smart new shop front and four new apartments, safeguarding our future and helping the town to prosper.”
Richard Easton, a portfolio executive with the Development Bank of Wales, said: “Buying jewellery is still one purchase that most people want to do in person rather than online so there remains strong demand for high-quality high street jewellers like Howells.
“With a very loyal following, Howells has been an integral part of Haverfordwest for over 155 years. Our investment has helped to protect this legacy, safeguard jobs, create new homes and support a sustainable and successful future for a long-standing and highly respected local business.”