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Stores and gallery to close at Princess

The Hamilton Princess’s four retail stores and art gallery will all be closed by the end of this month as part of the hotel’s multimillion renovation plans.

It remains unclear what will happen to the four businesses that occupied space in the hotel, but the Windjammer II Gallery is looking for a new premises. A statement by the gallery to its customers said: “It is with great sadness that we need to inform you that as of the end of this month, the Windjammer II Gallery will be permanently closing in the Hamilton Princess.

“We have much to celebrate, from a very small beginning as a joint venture with the previous administration of the hotel.

“We now represent nearly 60 local professional artists and artisans. It has been a lot of fun, making many friends both on and off island, and we thank you for your patronage.

“Bermuda has gone through arguably, its worst recession ever, and yet we have managed to keep our heads above water and we have survived two major renovations. Unfortunately we were advised that the hotel wish to close the gallery and that we will not be invited back.”

Previously four businesses; Carole Holding at Hamilton Princess, The English Sports Shop, Crisson and Davison’s gift shop, as well as the Windjammer II Gallery, occupied space at the hotel. Now just the Windjammer II Gallery and Davison’s remain open, but both will move out by the end of July.

A spokeswoman for the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club confirmed the closures.

She said: “I can confirm that the retail stores and Windjammer II gallery are closing this month so that the hotel can begin work on its new, exciting spa and retail corridor, which are being developed as part of the ongoing $90 million renovations at the hotel.”