COROWA could be left without a jewellery shop by the end of the year unless a buyer comes forward.
Gail Goodall’s Arcade Jewellers in the main street has been on the market for the past four years but owner Gail Law can’t wait any longer to retire.
“It has not been an easy decision to make,” she said.
“I am saddened to leave the town without a jewellery shop, or even someone to change a watch battery.
“If anyone is interested in going into retail the business is still for sale, freehold or leasehold.”
The Corowa councillor has operated the popular store for 21 years and is looking forward to spending more time with her four grandchildren, as well as playing golf.
“It’s my second term as a councillor, so that will also keep me busy,” she said.
For the past 45 years she has been a big advocate for business in the town, starting when she opened a hairdressing salon at the age of 18.
“I have owned a hairdressing salon, service station, caravan park, hardware shop, bottle shop and jewellers,” she said.
“I am grateful to the whole community for supporting me through every venture.”
Mrs Law believes retail is still a viable proposition.
“In no way is my business dying,” she said.
“My sales were up 14 per cent on last year.”
Mrs Law said her range of Pandora jewellery was a bigger seller and the business had taken her to New York, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Fiji and Darwin for conferences and exhibitions.
“The lifestyle provided by the business has been terrific,” she said.
Mrs Law hopes to trade until Christmas Eve, with all stock discounted between 10 and 70 per cent.
Corowa Chamber of Commerce president Mary Hetherington said the business created a great opportunity for someone to come in and start operating straight away.