RICHMOND – A downtown jewelry store will close in August, after more than 75 years in business.
Sanders Jewelers, 831 E. Main St., will begin a sell-off of its merchandise, showcases and other items when it opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday, as part of a going-out-of-business sale. The store plans to close its doors permanently August 25.
Jewelry store owner Vivian Himelick, 68, said Monday night the decision to close the longtime family-owned business came after considering a variety of factors, including a desire to spend more time with family and on other activities, as well as the uncertain future of the downtown business environment.
"We're getting up there in age, where we need to step back; we need to go do some things we enjoy doing," she said. "That's basically it; it's not solely the downtown, but if we were bustling business-wise it would be worthwhile to stay open. But that's not there, either."
Himelick, who operates the store with her husband, Ralph, said the store sees about half the number of customers it saw five or six years ago. She said about five to 10 people come in each day.
"It's much different than it used to be, and I do think the internet has certainly had a lot to do with that," she said. "It's just a different business environment now."