Kendall's Jewellers, Wetherby: Yorkshire jewellers to hold closing down sale just five years after opening
Kendall’s Jewellers, in Wetherby, was opened by Elaine Lilley in 2018. She is a successful jeweller and entrepreneur with more than 40 years of experience in the trade when she decided to go solo and open her independent store in the town’s high street.
But just five years Elaine said she is ready to retire and now was the time to close the store and put an end to her career, which saw her start as an apprentice in Torquay before working her way up to being a director at well-known high street jewellers Berry’s. She also moved on to work in the senior management team at Brown’s Family Jewellers.
She said: “I feel incredibly sad about closing Kendall’s in many ways; but it is a decision which has been on the cards for quite some time. After reassessing my personal priorities, I am ready to retire, spend more time with my family and start a new chapter.
“In just five years I have established Kendall’s as a hugely successful business, and I am incredibly proud of what has been achieved by myself and the staff here. After building up a wonderful reputation and customer base, it has been difficult to reach the decision to close the business.
“It has been a privilege to be involved with the Wetherby retail community. I think some of our customers will be quite emotional about the closure. The recent years have undoubtedly been the most special part of my career. I will miss my team, and I will miss our customers, who are such lovely people.”
The sale will begin at 10am on April 1 and continue until all stock is sold. All jewellery in the sale will be reduced by 50 per cent, including diamond pieces, engagement rings, necklaces, coloured stone pieces, wedding rings, earrings, bracelets and pearl jewellery. All items will be sold on a first come, first served basis, with all items available to take away on the day.