A NEW boutique has opened in Chester after the premises was completely refurbished.

Chester based chartered surveyors and commercial property consultancy Bolton Birch has relet and completely refurbished 19 Bridge Street Row on behalf of the landlord, The Ursula Keyes Trust, after over 20 years as an Oxfam charity shop.

The new let is to Harley’s Vintage Boutique which has an existing retail outlet in Llangollen.

Harley’s new Chester shop opened on March 25, the first in England and will sell vintage clothing for men and women including Barbour and Harris Tweed jackets, Levi’s, and natural fabric items.

Aspokesman for the store said: “We can’t believe our luck with the refurb of the building, it’s beautiful and really compliments our vintage stock.

"Our opening was full of positivity and encouragement with lots of compliments about the shop.

"We had many people saying that Chester was crying out for a store like ours so the early signs are great.

"We really look forward to building up our following like we have in Llangollen and being part of the Chester retail community, who have also been extremely welcoming.”

Martin Dodd, director at Bolton Birch said: “On behalf of the landlord and with their permission, we were able to renovate this fantastic retail opportunity on the historic Bridge Street Rows, which was handed back showing its decades of occupation as a charity shop, before reletting it to a valued independent retailer.

"In addition, we’ve uncovered the timber beams and restored the fireplace. The refurbishment has transformed the shop from something non-descript to create a shop with character and heritage befitting its location in Chester’s World Heritage Rows.”