SandpiperCI buys CT Maine building for Jack Wills debut in Jersey

Posted: 31/08/2011

Jack Wills comes to Jersey SandpiperCI has announced its purchase of one of King Street's most historic buildings. The C.T. Maine building (no. 35) had been a retail jeweller for more than 200 years – 113 of them as C.T. Maine, but has been empty since 2009 when Charles Maine retired. The transaction went through Jersey's Royal Court last Friday and Sandpiper now intends to restore the building, keeping its original features, ready to house Jack Wills, the ‘Fabulously British' clothing and lifestyle brand.

Sandpiper CEO, Tony O'Neill said: “Jack Wills is a mid-range, quality British clothing brand synonymous with British heritage and style. The first Jack Wills store was launched just 12 years ago in Devon. The brand has been such a success that there are now more than 40 stores across the UK, two in Ireland and three in the USA.

“Jack Wills has an established reputation for the conservation and reuse of older listed properties. The C.T. Maine building will be restored over the coming months and will provide a tailor-made solution for the Jersey launch of this very trendy unisex brand.”

More than half a million pounds will be spent on restoring the building which can now start following the successful purchase and recent consent from the Planning Department. Sandpiper intends to keep all the original features of the listed building by working closely with Planning's Building Services Department.

It is hoped the new refurbished building will be ready to trade as a Jack Wills store by Christmas and it is estimated that 10 new staff roles will be created.

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