A fixture in downtown State College for more than 40 years will soon be closing its doors.
Kranich's Jewelers announced on Tuesday that it will be closing its store at 216 E. College Ave. A definite closing date has not yet been announced.
“While we have enjoyed decades of doing business in our downtown location, we have decided to consolidate our State College operation to our Atherton Street store,” owners Charles and Mike Kranich said in a news release.
The jeweler relocated its Nittany Mall location to a new 3,200 square-foot store at 2020 N. Atherton St. in 2012.
The Kranichs said on Tuesday that with two stores in close proximity, they have found that many of their customers prefer shopping at the larger North Atherton Street location, which has a bigger selection and free, off-street parking.
The College Avenue store opened in 1976. Since then Kranich's has also opened locations at the Logan Valley Mall in Altoona and the Galleria in Johnstown. A new superstore is expected to open next summer in Altoona.
Kranich's has been in operation as a family-owned jeweler in Central Pennsylvania since 1903.
“[We] look forward to serving central Pennsylvania and the State College community for many years to come,” the Kranichs said in the release.