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New lease of life for jewellery store

By SPP Reporter

Cormack's jewellers set for a new lease of life.
Cormack's jewellers set for a new lease of life.

FOR 160 years Cormack’s jewellers traded in Wick and was one of the town’s longest-running businesses until it closed in the autumn.

But now, after six months, the Bridge Street premises are set for a new lease of life and the new owners hope they can earn as glowing a reputation as their predecessors.

B-Unique, which will open its doors to the public on Saturday, is the new venture of Wick couple Lauren and William McNeill, who bought the shop last


The new-look gift store will carry on from where Cormack’s left off by stocking an extensive selection of silver jewellery as well as a wide range of home and baby gifts.

Mrs McNeill (27) has been working in the retail industry since she was 15 – as an assistant manager at M&Co and a sales assistant at MacAllan’s.

But after years of working for other companies, she now feels she is ready to open a business of her own.

"This is a completely new venture for me as I have never started up my own business before," she said.

"But after speaking to my husband we decided to just go for it as we thought the time was right to do it."

The premises were previously owned by Elaine Henderson who ran Cormack’s for 21 years and worked there with two part-time employees before her retirement in October.

She bought the shop in 1990 from the Cormack family who had established the firm in 1850.

Mrs McNeill said that she feels privileged to have the opportunity to bring an empty shop back to life and is confident that she can make it a success.

"Even though the business is a partnership between me and my husband, I will be working in the shop single handedly," she explained.

"In the future I may be in a position to take on staff, but I just want to see how I get on myself to start with.

"It has been a hectic few months getting things ready for our

grand opening but also really


"I think that there is a space in the market in Caithness for a business like this and I’m expecting a busy first few weeks."

She added: "Cormack’s jewellers was such a lovely shop to go into and it always had a great atmosphere, hopefully mine will be the same."

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