Jessop Jewelers in downtown San Diego is closing its doors after 125 years in business.
James “Jim” Jessop said he will shutter the Emerald Plaza shop sometime in 2018, although he didn’t give a firm date.
Reaction to the pending closure of the business “has included a mixture of shock, surprise and congratulations,” Jessop said. “I’m getting questions like ‘who will take care of my jewelry. Most of all, they are wishing me well for a new chapter in my life, and I’m grateful.”
Jessop is the last family member in the business since it was founded by his great-grandfather, Joseph Jessop.
At one point, Jessop Jewelers had five locations across San Diego County, employing 180 people, including 11 members of the Jessop family. A closeout sale will start Nov. 17.