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Our History

Hugh Rice the Jewellers was established over four decades ago, and we are very proud of our history and heritage. Take a trip through time to see the milestones that have made us who we are today.

1965

Starting Point


Founder, Hugh Rice started his apprenticeship at the prestigious Carmichael’s department store.

1971

Where it Began


36 George Street opens. Hugh Rice the Jewellers was born with the help of a £200 bank loan.

1980

Growing the Team


The Hugh Rice team starts to grow with its first employee.

1981

Omega joins Hugh Rice


Our first significant brand joins the Hugh Rice journey.

1985

Signet Store Opens


Signet by Hugh Rice opens, a shop purely concentrating on the retail side of the company.

1988

George Street Store Opens


10 – 14 George Street store opens as a result of outgrowing our existing two stores. Our manufacturing and retail elements combine.

2000

First Beverley Store Opens


Beverley 15 – 17 North Bar Within opens.

2002

Hugh Rice Launches Online


Hugh Rice expands it’s business online.

2006

Whitefriargate Store


32 Whitefriargate, Hull opens.

2008

St. Stephens Store Opens


From High Street to Shopping Centre, Hugh Rice moved to Unit 6, St Stephens Hull.

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2009

(August)

PANDORA Store Hull


Hugh Rice Whitefriargate is transformed into PANDORA – the 4th PANDORA concept - store in the UK.

2009

(November)

PANDORA Store Meadowhall


PANDORA Meadowhall opens.

2010

(September)

PANDORA Store Leeds Briggate


PANDORA Leeds Briggate opens.

2010

(November)

PANDORA Store Harrogate


PANDORA Harrogate opens.

2010

(September)

PANDORA Store Meadowhall


Our second PANDORA Meadowhall opens.

2011

(February)

PANDORA Store Knightsbridge


PANDORA Knightsbridge opens.

2012

(April)

PANDORA Store Knightsbridge Closure


PANDORA Knightsbridge Closes.

2012

(September)

Beverley Hugh Rice Store Relocates


Hugh Rice Beverley relocates to 67 – 69 Toll Gavel.

2010

(November)

St. Stephens Store Doubles in Size


Hugh Rice St Stephens doubles in size.

2013

PANDORA Store Leeds Trinity


PANDORA Leeds Trinity opens.

2014

(July)

PANDORA Store Bradford


PANDORA Bradford opens.

2014

(August)

Harrogate Store Opens


9-11 James Street, Harrogate opens.

2015

(November)

First Luxe Store Opens in Beverley


55-56 Saturday Market, Beverley, Luxe by Hugh Rice opens.

2015

(November)

PANDORA Store Wakefield


PANDORA Wakefield opens.

2016

(February)

PANDORA Store Bradford Relocates


PANDORA Bradford relocates.

2016

(March)

PANDORA Store Hartlepool


PANDORA Hartlepool opens.

2016

(October)

PANDORA Store Darlington


PANDORA Darlington opens.

2017

Luxe Store Wakefield


Luxe by Hugh Rice opens in Wakefield.