Family firm Revills Jewellers of Spalding will close at the end of July, bringing down the final curtain on 70 years of retailing.
The business was opened in Francis Street by Roy Revill, father of present managing director Nick Revill, and moved to Market Place in 1978.
Nick said: “I started in 1976 full-time and before that I used to come in on Saturdays when I was at school.”
The business will go out with a bang, offering its huge stock of new and second-hand jewellery, diamond rings, watches, clocks, china and glass at clearance prices.
Nick says he felt the time was right to go because he’s 57 and some of his staff are also approaching retirement age.
“I do a lot of fishing,” said Nick. “I would like to tour Europe, I have got lots of things in the pipeline that I would like to do. I have got a list of jobs as long as your arm to do at home.”
Besides Nick, there are four people working in the business.
Over the years “thousands and thousands” of people have bought engagement and wedding rings from Revills.
“I think we have probably ‘married’ three generations of the same families,” said Nick.
Revills has a repair service and uses outside specialists for commissions, such as making rings to individual designs.
“Second-hand jewellery is a major part of our business,” said Nick. “It’s reasonably priced and you tend to get better quality because things in the past were probably made better than they are today and I suppose they are just different. You go to most high streets and you find the same things in most shops.”
Valuations have also been a stock in trade and Nick says they have been presented with everything from Arabian daggers to tiaras.
“We have done quite a lot of work for all sorts of different people,” said Nick.
Nick is married to Wendy and has four children.
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