Stop of an Era: Albemarle jewellery retailer, Starnes Jeweler, closing its doorways after 124 years

ALBEMARLE, N.C. (WTVD) — After 124 years of enterprise in Albemarle, the owner of Starnes…

ALBEMARLE, N.C. (WTVD) — After 124 years of enterprise in Albemarle, the owner of Starnes Jewelers, Gene Starnes, says the time has come to close.

“Hardest issue I have ever carried out in my life, just mainly because I like the workforce, I enjoy the prospects,” explained Starnes.

Starnes’ grandfather opened Starnes Jeweler in 1898. He invested his overall existence doing the job for the retail outlet and took about after his father’s demise at the age of 70.

“We have been by way of a good deal. Been by means of the pandemic of 1917, built it by this, designed it through the melancholy.” Claimed Starnes, “Healthwise, and age, I am 80 decades outdated, and I have had some battle with some cancer.”

The store was crammed with buyers Tuesday as folks took gain of the likely-out-of-business sale and said their remaining farewells.

“I hate to see it near. It really is a superior place,” mentioned Wanda Talbert. “Since it is a portion of what we ended up raised all-around.”

Talbert, like a lot of other people, was shocked and believed the retail store would generally be there, but Starnes has no young children or any individual to pass the keep to.

“My brother-in-regulation is serving to me, and he’s been associated in it. But he’s older than I am.,” claimed Starnes

Starnes does not want to sell to a major chain.

“Reputable, variety, hometown person,” Hazel Frick reported.

Starnes’ customers say they will pass up the personal company the most.

“My oldest she’s 14, so I will be having this for her currently,” Martin Garcia said. “I’ve been in right here a few occasions and just about every time I appear in right here, I come out with some thing.”

“Appreciate the local community. And it truly is just particularly hard. I have never professional nearly anything that is more difficult than possessing to shut,” Starnes reported.

Starnes options to remain open right up until he sells a bulk of his inventory, and says he just lately marketed an engagement ring to the exact relatives for the fifth era.

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