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Final closing date for Derby city centre jewellers shutting after 164 years

Retirement sale supported by Whitehouse. Article by Derby Telegraph.

The final closing date has been announced as a historic Derby jeweller prepares to shut its doors for good after 164 years of trading. Watts Jewellers has been a mainstay in the city centre ever since it first opened back in 1858.

Co-owner Glyn Smoothy recently decided the time was right to retire and shut his Cornmarket store following a closing-down sale, which started in mid-November. Mr Smoothy has now confirmed the final day of trading will be next Saturday, January 14.

When the closing down sale began, all jewellery was reduced by at least 50%, including diamond rings, diamond jewellery, coloured stone pieces, gold, silver, and pearls. The website states customers can now pop in and “make us an offer” on remaining jewellery stock, with “all reasonable offers accepted” by staff.

The local independent retailer served generations of families who visited the Cathedral Quarter store to pick up key items for some of the most significant events in life, like engagement and wedding rings. The upcoming closure will mark the end of an era.

The family-run business was founded by William Edward Watts, who is believed to have come from Bristol and originally specialised in the production and sale of pocket watches and timekeeping equipment to sailors and coast guards. He opened his first shop in the Market Place before it moved to St Peter’s Street.

Read the full article via Derby Telegraph.

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