Former jewellers gets new lease of life

Mark Westley Photography'Six Whitting Street moves to Abbeygate Street, Owner Giles Henderson with Jamie McAleese. ANL-150616-162953009
Mark Westley Photography'Six Whitting Street moves to Abbeygate Street, Owner Giles Henderson with Jamie McAleese. ANL-150616-162953009
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The former Collis and Son jewellers on Abbeygate Street, which has remained closed for three years after a brutal murder, has new tenants.

Designer menswear store Six has moved from its home in Whiting Street to revamp the vacant shop, retaining many of the building’s original features, even keeping the jeweller’s iconic lettering on the door.

The shop has been empty since January 2012 when vulnerable jeweller Peter Avis was killed in his flat above the shop during a botched burglary.

Owner Giles Henderson said he was keen to preserve the shop’s unique character.

He said: “Six Whiting Street was great and was doing really well. I was very happy with the way it was going.

“But with this building we walked in and thought wow - this is amazing.

“The potential was huge so we decided to go for it.
I don’t think it was viable running both shops and didn’t want to lose focus.

“The building itself is such a lovely building, it just needed a bit of TLC.

“The Six sign above the door uses the original S and I of the Collis and Son sign - we just added an X. We wanted to preserve what was here.

“People have been coming in and have been very complimentary about what we have done with it.”