A Melton jewellery shop which has served generations of people from the same families is closing down after 32 years trading in the town.
Partners in the Sherrard Street business - Robert Damant and Martyn Santy - have decided to retire after out-lasting half-a-dozen rival jewellers since they first opened back in 1983.
All stock is now on sale for half-price until the shop closes its doors for the last time on Saturday November 28 - all seven staff have found alternative employment.
Mr Damant, who said the business had developed from starting up on a shoestring budget, said: “We have very loyal customers and we’ve survived because we offer a personal touch.
“We’ve sold to generations of families, from Christening gifts, to engagement rings through to wedding rings.”
He added: “On a personal note I have worked in the jewellery trade since I was 16. I have a real passion for it and closing the shop will leave a big hole in my life.”
De-Ville, which has been based for 14 years on the corner of the junction with Windsor Street, started from a shop unit almost opposite on the other side of Sherrard Street.
Mr Santy said: “Lots of our customers have been dropping in to say goodbye - not many towns have a community spirit like Melton has and we will miss it.”
Manager Mick Danaher, who has worked at the shop for 30 years, said: “People have come in the shop and said ‘what am I going to do when you close?’.
“We want to thank our customers for their loyalty and for the goodwill they have shown us over the years.”