TORRINGTON — The Michaels Jewelers store — a staple in the city for 93 years and on Main Street for 88 years — is closing.

The inventory of the store at 80 Main St. will be offered through a closing sale that opens to the public at 10 a.m. August 16, according to a spokeswoman.

Mark Michaels, owner of the 10 Michaels Jewelers stores across Connecticut, said,“Having opened the Torrington store in the mid-1920s, we thank our customers, the city of Torrington and our landlord, the Warner Theater, for their support spanning over nine decades.

“The decision to close was difficult, however, we recognize our need to evolve and meet our customer’s shopping preferences through our other Michaels locations, especially at the Avon Market Place,” Michaels said. “We will continue to support our community programs and our ongoing commitment to give back to the Torrington community.”

An email seeking comment was sent to Director of Economic Development Rista Malanca, but she was out of the office Thursday.

All warranty concerns, repair services, merchandise pickups, and any other customer needs will be fulfilled at the Michaels Avon location, according to a release.

The Torrington store, which originally opened on Water Street in 1926, was moved to 80 Main St. to “coincide with the 1931 opening of the Warner Theater as part of the Warner Bros. movie theater chain,” spokeswoman Barbara Branagan-Mitchell said in the release.

“Our team of diamond and fine jewelry professionals are looking forward to serving our loyal long term friends and customers, and the new ones as well, one last time at the Torrington store,” said Ken Bacon, manager of the Torrington store for the past 30 years, and manager of the Avon Michaels Jewelers store for the past three years.

Bacon also noted the store is preparing its “vast inventory for the general public Store Closing Sale” that begins August 16 and will “run for a few short weeks.”

Branagan-Mitchell said the family-run business was founded in 1885 in Novia Scotia by Abraham L. Michaels and has been managed most recently by fourth-generation family member W. Mark Michaels, as CEO, and fifth-generation family member Lindsay Michaels-Gorski as director of marketing.

Michaels Jewelers also has stores in Avon, Bristol, Danbury, and Orange, and in malls, including Westfarms, Manchester’s Buckland Hills, Westfield Trumbull, Westfield Meriden and Waterbury’s Brass Mill Center. This fall Michaels will open its first out-of-state store, in a Maryland MGM Casino.

Michaels annually contributes to multiple community programs funded from the Michaels Jewelers Foundation, Branagan-Mitchell said.

Connecticut Media Group