Fulton Jeweler Closing After 68 Years

8 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, December 02 2010 Dec 2, 2010 Thursday, December 02, 2010 7:16:52 PM CST December 02, 2010 in News
FULTON - Taylor's Jewelry said Thursday it is planning to close its doors unless someone steps up to take over the family store. No one has shown an interest since the store first decided to close last month, so a going-out-of-business sale continues. The family-owned operation has been one of the only jewelry stores in Fulton since the 1960s and is the only one remaining today.

Owner Ray Taylor is sad to see the store close, but said, "I'm approaching my 74th birthday and I think it's time for me to retire. It's really a bittersweet feeling." Taylor said, "I worry about Fulton shoppers, the closest jewelry store for them is 23 miles away in Columbia. Yet, I think they will get used to it. People from Fulton are used to driving out of town to get stuff, so it will just be another thing to get used to."

Taylor bought the store from his father in 1974, after his father had owned and operated the store since 1942. Taylor's Jewelry began in the elder Taylor's home, but moved to a storefront location in the 1960s. The store has been at its Court Street location since 1976.

Ray's wife Carol Taylor has been working at the store alongside her husband since 1972. She said, "They're not going to shut the doors until everything is gone." Taylor said the closeout prices before Christmas should help them get rid of everything.

The Taylor's have been married 52 years. Ray Taylor said that working with his wife has been wonderful. "It is a great partnership in life and in business," Taylor said. "We are both ready and excited to retire together."

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