Chichester welcomes two new jewellery shops

C110970-1 Chi Jun9 Pressleys phot kate ''The mayor of Chichester, Tony French prepares to open Pressley. From left: Rebecca Lewis, the mayor, Neville Pressley, family member of the business, and Francine Bittles.C110970-1
C110970-1 Chi Jun9 Pressleys phot kate ''The mayor of Chichester, Tony French prepares to open Pressley. From left: Rebecca Lewis, the mayor, Neville Pressley, family member of the business, and Francine Bittles.C110970-1

TWO new jewellery shops have opened at Chichester’s Butter Market as part of a £1m investment by a family business.

Pressleys, and Etcetera, both brands of the 102-year-old Worthing family business GH Pressley and Sons, opened at the front two units at the North Street arcade.

Pressleys will focus on offering traditional jewellery, while Etcetera is aimed more at designer-led jewellery – both concepts have been a hit at company’s Worthing shops.

It was a busy day for managing director Jonathan Pressley, who was expecting his first child to be born on the day of the opening on Saturday.

The 31-year-old said there had been more than £1m worth of investment in the company in the past year.

“We have so much confidence in the industry we feel we can bring something special to it.

“I know there are a lot of jewellers in Chichester, but we want to offer something different for every person.

“This is my 13th month in the business and it’s quadrupled in size.

“Chichester is a perfect fit for our brand and the Butter Market was an obvious choice. It is a phenomenal development, ideally positioned in the heart of the shopping centre. There is nowhere else like it in the town.”

Newly-elected mayor of Chichester, councillor Tony French cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, and was quick to welcome the Worthing family business to the city.

“They fit in well with the new Butter Market,” he said. “The shops are very, very well done.”

Their arrival follows that of cake shop Patisserie Valerie at the back ground-floor unit which opened on St George’s Day.