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Long-time jeweler closing doors

November 9, 2017
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Richard Engels left and Dennis Engels
Richard Engels, left, and Dennis Engels. Courtesy Richard Engels Jewelers

A historic jeweler in the area is closing its doors.

After more than 80 years of business, Richard Engels Jewelers in Grandville, at 4031 Chicago Dr. SW, will be going out of business.

The store said today it is running a sale with discounts on various brands, including Kattan Diamonds, Gabriel & Co., Art Carved, Crown, Noam Carver, Citizen and Bulova.

Owner Dennis Engels said he plans to keep the store open until all inventory is sold.

Engels has decided the time is right to close the store and go out on a high note.

His plans for the next chapter of his life include spending more time with his wife, Nancy, and family in Florida, as well as enjoying some fishing on Lake Michigan.

Founder Richard Engels emigrated with his family to Grandville from the Netherlands in 1920. He and his brother founded Richard Engels Jewelers in 1930, where they both practiced as goldsmiths and watchmakers. The business moved to its current location in downtown Grandville in 1945. His son, Dennis Engels, bought the company and has owned it since 1983.

The store also leaves a legacy of giving back to the community, including work with American Business Clubs, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities, and the Make A Wish Foundation.

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