DOVER, Del. – Forney’s Jewelers, a staple in downtown Dover for nearly a century, is now closed. A sign posted on the door says the jewelry store closed effective Jan. 1.
The closing comes as a surprise to many, including Chris Kenton, who works downtown.
"I was very surprised,” said Kenton, “I was just in there right before Christmas.”
Attempts to contact the store owners were unsuccessful and its sister store, Forney’s Too, declined to comment about why the store went out of business.
Neighboring shop owner Erin Thwaite, like many, says she was not aware the store had plans to close and she also doesn’t know why the decision was made. She says news of it being closed is sad.
"They're definitely a landmark for downtown Dover and it's never going to be the same without them," Thwaite said.
According to its website, Forney’s Jewelers first opened its doors in 1921. Forney’s Too posted on its Facebook page letting people know its operations would not be impacted and would remain open.
"Forney's Too is not closing," the store said in a post. "We are still here, 30 years on, and we hope to continue serving Dover and beyond for many years to come, keeping Forney's Jewelers' legacy of quality merchandise and excellent customer service alive."