Jew­ellery shop to close af­ter 30 years

The Southland Times - - News - Evan Hard­ing

The Christ­mas rush is jew­ellery shop owner Mar­garet Lusty’s favourite time of the re­tail year, and she has just one to go.

Lusty and hus­band Brian have owned the Lusty’s jew­ellery shop in In­ver­cargill’s Esk St for more than 30 years, but are clos­ing down the business on De­cem­ber 31.

The shop was al­ways busy and fun at Christ­mas and she would miss that part of the year the most, she said. ‘‘Christ­mas with re­tail jew­ellery is fan­tas­tic, it’s fun see­ing peo­ple buy­ing for peo­ple they love.

‘‘I will re­ally miss it next year

. . . It will be a very dif­fer­ent Christ­mas.’’

The Lusty fam­ily, be­gin­ning with Ivor Lusty in Win­ton and fol­lowed by his son Brian, have owned jew­ellery stores in South­land for more than 70 years.

How­ever, with the $200 mil­lion In­ver­cargill CBD re­tail re­de­vel­op­ment to kick off next year, Brian and Mar­garet have de­cided to re­tire and close their Esk St shop be­fore de­mo­li­tion be­gins.

If Lusty was 20 years younger she would have loved to have opened their store in the new de­vel­op­ment, as it was a ‘‘great thing for In­ver­cargill’’, she said. ‘‘It’s just a bit late for us.’’ She be­lieved the city should be ‘‘very grate­ful’’ to the HW Richard­son Group for get­ting be­hind the de­vel­op­ment and do­ing some­thing for the city.

‘‘But it’s go­ing to be very messy in the next cou­ple of years. We will just go mo­tor-hom­ing instead.’’

For Mar­garet and Brian, who re­pairs the jew­ellery in the work­shop, the hard­est part of clos­ing the business would be let­ting go their five staff mem­bers.

One, Ta­nia Hill, has worked for them for 30 years and an­other, Janet McDon­ald, 16 years.

‘‘They have be­come work mum and dad,’’ McDon­ald said.

‘‘We have be­come ex­tremely close in and out of work, that’s go­ing to be the hard­est thing, not hav­ing con­tact ev­ery day.’’

Lusty said most of the store’s jew­ellery was pur­chased from whole­salers in Aus­tralia and New Zealand; and the biggest sell­ing prod­ucts were Pan­dora charms and jew­ellery, di­a­monds and watches.

Three gen­er­a­tions of the same South­land fam­i­lies had pur­chased jew­ellery in their Lusty stores down the decades, she said.

‘‘I guess that’s what be­ing a fam­ily business is about.’’


Mar­garet and Brian Lusty, of Lusty’s Jew­ellery, with staff, Janet McDon­ald and Ta­nia Hill, at their Esk St shop in In­ver­cargill.

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