NORWICH (WBNG) – Skillin's Jewelers is closing it's doors after nearly a century of business in Norwich.
“We love the community. This is a bittersweet ending for us," said Skillin's Jewelers owner, Hal Skillin.
Skillin has announced his plans to retire from the jewelry business, which will result in closing the store.
"We have been very successful and we still are. But I've reached an age and a point in my life where it's time to move onto another chapter," said Skillin.
The first chapter began in 1921, when Skillin's grandfather, John W. Skillin, opened the jewelry store for the first time.
"My grandfather always wanted to have his own business... So he opened a store here on American Avenue here in Norwich. And my father bought it from him in the 50's and I bought it from my father in the 70's, and I've been here ever since," said Skillin.
The store is known for carrying the latest trends in jewelry and also adding a special touch.
“We do a lot of custom work, making jewelry for people and our repair business is very important to us," said Skillin.
Since the store first opened, the Skillin family has helped fix and restore jewelry to local residents.
"You don't think, “wow, jewelry, maybe it's not that important,” but it is to people! It's something they always treasure and it's passed on to generations so that's what makes it so unique," said Skillin.
The community is now saying goodbye to a beloved business.
"I had a young lady in here today to pick up something and she started getting teary eyed and I'm like "aww man I hope this isn't the way it goes”," said Skillin.
Hal Skillin says he's grateful he got to serve the Norwich community.
"You go home and now you feel good because you made somebody happy and I will really miss that and I want them to know how important that's been to me," said Skillin.
'Skillin's Jewelers' is planning to have the largest jewelry sale in the store's history starting Tuesday, March 13th through Thursday, March 15th.
Skillin says the store will officially close the day before Mother's Day.