Our Story

Time flies when you’re having fun.

Founded in 1950

We are lucky enough to be doing what we love, surrounded by great people and located in the fantastic City of Plymouth.

Over 70 years ago, in March 1950, we opened our doors for the first time, selling beautiful jewellery and watches to the people of Plymouth and beyond.

Drakes was founded by the late Harry Hirshman. Harry’s son John joined the business in 1954, taking over the reigns and becoming Managing Director in 1975 upon Harry’s retirement. John is now joined by his son Andrew, daughter Monique and Jennifer, who is the first director outside of the family. Today, John has ‘eased back a little’ although he is still involved in the business with Andrew, Monique and Jennifer driving the business forward.

Over the past 70 years, we have taken some prominent locations across the city including, Cornwall Street, New George Street, Raleigh Street and of course Drake Circus Shopping Centre. We are very proud to think that from the very first day of trading right through until the present day our ethos and values have remained the same.

As a team, we are all driven by an innate passion for what we do. We are dedicated to offering all of our customer’s quality, value and a wow factor experience each and every time you visit Drakes, Plymouth.

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