AFTER over 60 years open in the city, City Jewellers on Michael Street is to close its doors in the coming months as owner Edrina Briscoe Conway and her husband Declan look to spend more time with their family.
Having opened on Peter Street in 1958 and later moving on to Arundel Square and now Michael Street, the store was trading well and while they will miss meeting customers, Edrina is looking forward to having more time to spend with family, including her mam Sheila and grandchildren.
“I will miss the camaraderie with the staff because I have fantastic staff. Tina is there 11 years and Crona three. We have a Saturday girl Megan with us at the weekends. I will really miss the banter with the customers but I won’t miss the fact that I have to work so much. From the first of November every year I work seven-day weeks with overtime hours so for the first time in 15 years I will be able to have Christmas to myself. It will be wonderful.”
“For me personally this is the time of the year where I would be planning my Christmas purchases and it’s the opportune time to do it. Michael Street is very busy, the Apple Market is very busy, the new development will be fantastic for the area and there are a lot of independent shops here who are the backbone of what business is all about.”
Edrina, who will continue to run Whitby Business Solutions, had been pondering the decision for a long time and finally made the call after being on a retirement planning course for a separate entity recently. The planned final day is June 15 although this may be brought forward if the stock is sold beforehand.
Considering herself fortunate, she adds: “It’s not a forced decision. It’s not something we have to do, but something we’ve decided to do. I’m lucky that I’m in a position to do this. I’m getting older and I don’t want to have any regrets, looking back in a few years’ time saying ‘I should have done this’ because work is not everything.”