Jewellery shop future in doubt amid sudden closure

The Lime Blue branch in George Street is shut. Picture: Dan Phillips

The Lime Blue branch in George Street is shut. Picture: Dan Phillips

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A POPULAR jewellery store has shut suddenly, prompting a flood of worried inquiries from shoppers.

There are fears for Lime Blue, in George Street, after it was forced to cease trading earlier this week.

Other stores in the chain were also closed.

Last night, couples with expensive items such as engagement and wedding rings on order said they feared they might not now be able to collect their keepsakes.

One said: “It’s pretty worrying. We’ve been trying to contact the George Street branch but the number just keeps ringing out.”

Clare Gallacher, 32, of Haddington, is due to marry plumber and gas engineer James Hudson, 27, at the end of May, and spent more than £800 on wedding rings from the branch earlier this month.

The salon assistant said: “We ordered the rings on February 9 and they said it would take six to eight weeks for them to come into the store.”

But Miss Gallacher was told this week the store appeared “to have shut down”.

“My friend went to have a look and said the shop was empty and there was a note on the front door saying they were closed for a stock take. I’ve tried calling but it just rings out and I have also commented on their Facebook asking for them to contact me, but no-one has.

“When I Googled the company I was directed to John Macintyre jewellers in Glasgow, but a woman I spoke to there said that legally she couldn’t tell me anything.

“The whole thing is something that I don’t need in the run-up to my wedding. It’s horrid, I just feel sick. We get married in 13 weeks and, on average, every shop takes about eight weeks to make rings. I either need my money back now to pay for new rings or I need the wedding bands I ordered.

“There were lots of other people in buying engagement rings and it’s horrible to think that they are probably in the same boat.”

A Lime Blue outlet in Silverburn shopping centre, Glasgow, has already closed down and was taken over earlier this month by jewellery chain Chisholm Hunter, which is based in the city. A post on the company’s Facebook page appears to suggest a Lime Blue store in Reigate, Surrey, has also closed its doors.

No-one from Lime Blue or parent company John Macintyre was available for comment at the time of going to press.

However, online business records suggest company accounts were marked as being overdue earlier this week, which can be a sign a company has shut down or is experiencing financial difficulty.