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Jensen Jewelers

Jensen Jewelers, 3215 Harrison Ave. , pictured here, will close its Butte location by the end of May, a company official said Tuesday from headquarters in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Jensen Jewelers can now be added to a list of national retailers to recently close shop in Butte.

The Idaho-based jeweler sent fliers this week to its preferred customers notifying them of the store’s planned closure and early liquidation sales.

Tony Prater, company chief executive officer, said in a phone interview Tuesday an exact closing date hasn’t been worked out yet, but that he anticipates the store should be closed by the end of May.

The store’s four fulltime employees have all been given offers to relocate to other stores, including locations in Bozeman and Helena, Prater said. Additionally, the company has agreed to cover their relocation costs.

The Harrison Avenue store opened in 2008 but didn’t meet the company’s expectations over time, the company executive said.

“It’s just a business decision I had to make to move the assets elsewhere,” Prater said, noting that the store’s inventory and equipment will be moved to other Jensen locations.

He added that “the people of Butte have been awesome” and that the Mining City is “a great place to do business.”

Starting Thursday the Butte location will host a private sale for preferred customers. The sale continues through Saturday. Afterward, Prater said, the store will commence a going-out-of-business sale for general customers.

While the store remains open customers will be able to make payments in person and have access to repair services. Once the store closes, customers can make payments on the company’s website at jensen-jewelers.com or by calling the company’s Twin Falls, Idaho, headquarters at 208-734-7920.

Jensen, which has 15 locations across Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming, does not plan to close any other stores, said Prater. The Jensen family founded Jensen Jewelers in 1956, opening their first store in downtown Twin Falls.

Butte's Hastings books and music store and the Christopher & Banks clothing store both announced closures in Butte last year. 

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