Crissons Announce Changes To Front St Stores

October 18, 2012

Crissons confirmed this morning that it will be “re-branding” their shop at 71 Front Street.

The store presently contains a jewellery shop which will be moved to their location at 55 Front Street, while the Art Gallery will move to the ground floor of the location on 71 Front Street.

It effectively means the jewellery store is closing, and the Company confirmed they have “initiated the retirement of two employees.”

Saying there will be “speculation” the changes are due to the “present economic climate,” the Company said to “some extent this is true in that we have recognized the need to more efficiently manage our very valuable inventories.”

General Manager Susan Millar said: “After thirty-one years, we have decided to re-launch and re-brand our shop at 71 Front Street. The Crisson and Hind African Art Gallery will shortly move from its present location of the past fourteen years on the second floor to expand onto the ground floor. We anticipate many exciting additions to the gallery in this new and larger space during the coming year.

“Our jewellery shop on the ground floor will be integrated with our recently remodeled flagship location at 55 Front Street. This improvement will enable us to display all of our numerous collections to world class standards in this superior environment whilst also enabling us to achieve greater efficiencies with our inventories.

“Our 55 Front Street location comprises ten thousand square feet of shop space and was fully remodeled in 2011. We have been in this location since 1991. Our Crisson shops at 16 Queen Street Hamilton, Clocktower Mall Dockyard, Fairmont Southampton and Hamilton Hotels remain open as always.

Ms Millar continued: “Undoubtedly, there will be some speculation that these changes are the result of the present economic climate. To some extent this is true in that we have recognized the need to more efficiently manage our very valuable inventories and have as well initiated the retirement of two employees.

“Nevertheless, we have been aware for several years that our flagship 55 Front St is our primary investment and that our 71 Front St shop is well suited for new projects and opportunities such as we are now undertaking,” concluded Ms Millar.

Crissons recently closed their store in St George’s, and other retail stores who have either closed, or plan to, include All Wrapped Up in the Washington Mall, Carole Holding’s Front Street store, Foreign Cargo in Hamilton, and Cooper’s Harbourside Store on Front Street. New stores have also opened for business in recent weeks, with the Town of St George’s having a few new retail outlets open their doors.

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  1. Verbal Kint says:

    Hamilton will be a ghost town by this time next year.

    • jerky says:

      agreed. Either a ghost town or home to nonsense stores/stores we can’t afford to shop in.

  2. James says:

    Like St Georges has been for years…..

  3. Terry says:

    Part of the plan.

  4. bir says:

    sign of the times….

  5. Y-Gurl says:

    The stores are going almost at the same rate as the “engineers” at the Corporation are making the parking spaces dissapear

  6. Grubster says:

    Never really understood why Crissons had two stores on Front St anyway, and in my experience, the staff couldn’t really be bothered

  7. Cisco says:

    People still buying Jewellery?? they must be, none of their stores are closing and they have three in Hamilton..

  8. Mad Dawg says:

    When the new store opens in place of two previous stores, Cox and Rolfe will poiint to it as a sign that the economy is recovering.

  9. ECS says:

    ps crissons nobody cares

  10. Apethetic says:

    After walking into the Crissons branch on Quuen St on 2 occasions recently and not even receiving a good morning let alone may I help you from any of the 4 staff chatting with each other I can only surmise this will not be the end of the ‘restructuring’