Thursday, February 2, 2023

News: Rotherham retailer announces closure after 127 years


A Rotherham retailer with over 100 years of history in the town centre has announced that it will close.

The Ring Shop on Corporation Street, also known as Smith Brothers, made the announcement last week that it will close its doors on February 18.

The jewellers has been a mainstay in the town, with the Swann family supplying Rotherham folk with engagement rings, wedding rings, watches and more.

In a post on Facebook, The Ring Shop said: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closing of Smith Brothers The Ring Shop, after 127 years at the centre of Rotherham.

"We are proud to have served multiple generations of families over the years, and we want to acknowledge the loyalty of our customers by offeringeductions of up to 50% off across our collections.

"We would love for you to come and see us before our doors will close for the final time on Saturday 18th February 2023."

With Corporation Street now a target for regeneration, The Ring Shop was one of the last remaining retailers in that area.

Backed by external funding, Rotherham Council is keen for the Culture & Leisure Quarter to be extended from nearby Forge Island. The authority has already acquired Riverside Precinct, the former bingo hall, and the empty Wilko's unit and is hoping to acquire the burnt out buildings opposite.

Rothbiz understands that last year the council began negotiations to acquire The Ring Shop property at 26 - 28 Corporation Street which was going through probate due to the sad death of the owner, Anthony Swann in May 2022.

The Ring Shop Facebook page

Images: Google Maps


Anonymous,  February 2, 2023 at 6:53 PM  

A very sad day for the town and one I hoped would never come.

The closure of the last shop on Corporation St says everything you need to know about Rotherham Town Centre. Can't help but think if that little unique shop was based anywhere other than Rotherham, the local authorities but be doing everything they could to keep them.

Anonymous,  February 4, 2023 at 1:36 PM  

RMBC has got such a muddled view of how to sort the predicament they've got themselves into regards the town centre.

Big retailers retailers seem to be leaving in droves so backing smaller independent retailers could've been an answer to that, at least in the short term.

Other the market, college and Tesco I cant see any reason to visit?

Anonymous,  February 4, 2023 at 5:35 PM  

People need to read the article.
They have sold the building to RMBC.
This now means the RMBC now own most of the building on corporation street.
This is good news.
It's all about leisure and the development of Forge island and taking the leisure quarter in to corporation street onward to the town centre.

Anonymous,  March 9, 2024 at 10:41 AM  

It's really sad I went there for everything including repairs there's no where like it now

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