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Jacks Clothing snaps up Jersey rival Rock Island

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Boardsports independent Jacks Clothing has bought out fellow Jersey retailer Rock Island.

Jacks Clothing owner Robert McAllister plans to rebrand the Rock Island store in St Helier into his Jacks Clothing store format.

The shop will become the more fashion-led store in McAllister’s retail operation, which is currently boardsports led.

With Rock Island having been the island’s key account for Levi’s, McAllister said he plans to retain the brand and, with the addition of new brands such as Noa Noa, hopes to raise Jacks’ fashion credentials.

“The Rock Island site is arguably the best independent pitch of that size in St Helier,” said McAllister.

“I’ve had my eye on the site for quite a while and I’m very excited to finally get hold of it. Units of this size are like gold dust and it is in such a good location for an independent. The new store will give us the opportunity to split the lifestyle and the fashion offers, as well as the chance to introduce some really exciting new brands.”

McAllister has earmarked a £140,000 refurbishment budget and the Rock Island store has now closed for a major refit as McAllister sets about replacing the shopfront, and rebranding the retailer to Jacks Clothing

“The store is a listed building and we are hoping to uncover some great existing features such as original fireplaces, which we are looking to uncover and incorporate in the refurbished unit. We are obviously looking to create a very sharp shopping experience and are using a freelance designer,” he said.

McAllister said he hoped the new store would be a good addition to Jersey, which is already rich in established independent retailers.
The new look shop is expected to reopen in August.

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