Hobbs, a family-run jewellery retailer on the Isle of Wight, has announced plans to close after over 70 years of trading.
The store, which has been trading in Ryde for over 70 years and had three generations of the same family working for it, will close its doors for the last time on August 31.
In a statement the retailer said: “It is with very mixed emotions that we make the announcement that we, as a family, have decided to close our shop. Our last trading day will be on Thursday 31st August and from Monday 8th August we will be having a closing down sale. Any customers with items put by or in for repair will be contacted this week to discuss their options.
“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those loyal customers, as well as other local business’ that have supported us over the last 70 years. In addition, we must pay tribute to our fantastic staff, not just those with us now but throughout our time in Ryde. It has been a privilege to serve the town alongside them.”
This statement was placed on the retailer’s Facebook page, and gives no reason for the decision.
Since local reporters discovered the news, customers have been outpouring their love for the business, which was established in 1946, and shared their upset for the closure.