Owner of Skillin's Jewelers to retire; store closing before Mother's Day

NORWICH – Days after the 97th anniversary of the opening of Skillin's Jewelers, owner Hal Skillin has announced he will be retiring effective May 12 and closing the store––but not before a final celebration sale beginning Tuesday.

Skillin, who bought the business from his father, Harold, in 1974, said while business has been good this year – up 25 percent since January 1 – the time is right for him to retire.

"I don't know what it's going to be like to tell you the truth, might go into shock a little bit," said Skillin. "But I have a lot of things to do; some travelling, [spending time with] grandkids, so, I'm looking forward to that."

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