Moyer Jewelers, a fine jewelry retailer in State College, Pa.—Penn State’s home town—announced that it’s closing its doors after 69 years in business.
The shop, which spent 43 years in the historic Leitzell Building, plans to shutter by the year’s end and is currently hosting a going-out-of-business sale, with inventory priced up to 70 percent off.
The retailer specialized in bridal and miscellaneous fine jewelry, but it was famous for its proprietary and popular Penn State jewelry collection.
The owners couldn’t be reached for comment, but the retailer’s vice president, Lori Moyer (granddaughter of founder B.P. Moyer), told local media outlet WTAJ that the decision to close was “really is a quality of life decision for me,” explaining, “I work a lot of hours, and it’s time for me to try to change that.”
Moyer told the outlet that she’s been inundated with calls since announcing that the store would close—many of which were people “reminiscing about their time at Moyer.”
In a company statement she said, “My grandfather loved State College, as do my parents and I. It’s a sad and happy time for us.”
Moyer added, “The reason that I enjoy jewelry so much is because it always has a story. Personally, I have been here 34 years, so it’s long enough to sell an engagement ring and see those people come back with their kids to go to Penn State. It’s been wonderful.”
The Moyer family owns the Leitzell Building—its current location—but will be shopping for a new tenant in the new year.
Top: A 14k yellow gold pendant with a circle of diamonds and sapphires depicting a relaxed Penn State Nittany Lion, from Moyer Jewelers (all images courtesy of Moyer Jewelers)