After 72 years in business, including 35 years in its current location in the Bocage Village Shopping Center, Jules Madere Jewelers is closing its doors.
The closure is unrelated to the pandemic or any other economic conditions, according to owner Wayne Madere, son of the late Jules Madere. Rather, Madere says he’s been slowly winding down towards retirement for the past couple of years.
“I’m 72, managed to get both my boys through college and this has been coming for the past three or four years,” he says. “It’s time.”
Jules Madere Jewelers opened in 1948 on Third Street downtown and later moved to Government Street before settling in Bocage in 1985.
Wayne Madere started working with his father in the early 1960s, when he was just 13.
“This is all I’ve done my whole life,” he says. “I don’t know how to do anything else.”
The store is currently liquidating its inventory and will remain open until Christmas Eve.
The 1,100-square-foot retail space, which fronts Jefferson Highway, will not stay vacant for long, says Bocage Village property manager Mitch Richardson, who has already signed a lease with a new tenant, who will begin renovating the space in January and move in shortly thereafter.
Richardson is not at liberty to disclose the new tenant but confirms it is another jeweler.
“It’s going to be a good fit for the space,” he says.