, Salem, MA

September 14, 2013

Bernard's Jewelers closing


---- — SALEM — Bernard’s Jewelers, a retail landmark in this city for 80 years, is closing.

The last surviving store from the era when Essex Street was a shopping mecca, Bernard’s announced the decision yesterday.

“It’s quite a dramatic announcement and very difficult for us to do and hard for our customers,” said Tom Tetrault, who, with his older brother, Ray, co-owns a business their father started in 1934.

“It was a tough decision for us to make, but it’s time for Ray and I to retire.”

Bernard’s will hold a “Going Out of Business” sale beginning Tuesday. No closing date has been announced.

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