It started when William J Hug the son of a Swiss immigrant began supplying goods and services to the Navy in Portsmouth. He promptly found premises at 82 High Street, Gosport to serve the local community and deal with Naval contracts to repair and service ships' chronometers, clocks and barometers.
William's son Dennis, opened a business as optician/jeweller in Leeds until his eldest son Peter died of diphtheria ... his wife did not want to live there after that and they moved back to Gosport where he took over 90 High Street from his father and took his brother Richard on as a partner.
The move to the present location, 90 High Street, occurred when Woolworths bought out No. 82 for their then new store. Later there were branches in Stoke Road Gosport, West Street Fareham and Ventnor, Isle of Wight.
The Gosport business as many people now visualise it was taken over by two of his sons, Denis and Richard, followed by their sons Brian and Nicholas (Nick).
Brian's elder brother Mike worked briefly in the workshop before leaving to follow his passion for music and formed the pop group Manfred Mann now still performing as The Manfreds - check their website for details he also works with Brian on songwriting and recording projects.
Hug's look forward to continuing to serve the local community and new on-line customers for the foreseeable future.