Alexandria’s B&C Jewelers closing after nearly 7 decades

B&C Jewelers owner Vicki Forness, pictured at the Antwerp Diamond House in Belgium, is closing the store to be nearer to family and to travel. (Courtesy Vicki Forness)

B&C Jewelers, one of the oldest retailers in Alexandria, Virginia, is closing at the end of April.

B&C Jewelers opened in 1953 as an original tenant at the Bradlee Shopping Center at 3660 King St. It is the last original tenant there.

“I feel like it is time to go. It is the end of our lease,” owner Vicki Forness told WTOP.

“It was a pleasure serving our customers, many of them who have been customers for years,” she said.

Forness is moving to Williamsburg to be closer to friends. She plans to do some traveling, she said.

The store is holding a liquidation sale between now and its April 30 closing.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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