Friday 21 October 2016

Dublin city loses a gem as jeweller closes shop

Thomas Gear
Thomas Gear

Another retail institution has closed its doors on Dublin's northside.

Thomas Gear jewellers, which has operated in the Ilac centre for 33 years, has pulled down the shutters for the last time due to rising rents.

Mr Gear, who has worked in the industry for almost 50 years, said that he had no plans to retire, but an upward-only rent agreement has forced his hand.

Nine employees worked in the store, including one man who has worked alongside Mr Gear for 40 years as well as the store manager who had been with him for 21 years.

The goldsmith said that he was left with a rent bill of €162,000-a-year which was unsustainable. Despite negotiations with the centre management, he wasn't able to agree better conditions.

Thomas Gear follows Clery's and Boyer's stores which have all ceased trading on the city's northside in the past year.

The closures pointed to a "tale of two cities" Mr Gear said, adding that the centre of town has been "decimated".

Mr Gear said he has fond memories of his store and his customers, who made purchases for some of biggest occasions in their lives. He has recently been sending them on to his son Martin's shop on Mary Street.

The Ilac centre did not respond to a request for comment when contacted by the Herald.

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