Henley Jewellers to close as owner retires

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Sally Elliott to shut up shop on Christmas Eve after 25 years.

Henley Jewellers will close down on Christmas Eve as its owner Sally Elliott retires.

The shop, which is located on Hart Street in Henley, has been run by Elliott for the past 25 years after she originally joined the business on what was supposed to be a temporary basis in 1986.

Elliott had previously worked as a general manager of five jewellery stores in London but moved to Henley when her friend Jane Worley Cummings was diagnosed with cancer. After her friend died, Elliott decided to remain in the town and has been running the jewellery store ever since. 

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Once the store closes on Christmas Eve, Elliott said she will use her retirement to spend more time with her family.  

She told local newspaper The Henley Standard: “My success has been down to great support from customers who have become friends as well as my part-time staff, suppliers and designers. I am very sad and it has taken me three years to come to this decision."

Elliott went on to hint in the interview with the paper that the shop had suffered in the recession when she added "I think with the climate as it is, jewellers are falling by the wayside as jewellery is a luxury item”.

In February this year another jeweller in Henley retired, Paul Denslow of Henley Goldsmiths in the town’s Duke Street. The shop was taken over by Michael Lynns who spent £200,000 on refurbishing the store. 

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