Shoppers have been taking advantage of a closing down sale that has seen jewellery prices slashed by half.
TH Baker Jewellers announced their closure last week, after being in Market Square, Hanley, for 179 years.
The jewellers will be spending the next two months hosting a clearance sale and today shoppers queued outside the store in order to bag a bargain.
Area manager Nigel Oliver is heartbroken the store is closing, but thrilled with how the sale went this morning.
He said: “The store closing is a huge disappointment as it’s a family-run business and we treat all the staff like family.
“The current economic climate on the high street is difficult so we had to come to a really difficult decision to close.
“The sale has been tremendous and has been really well supported. Half an hour into the sale and we still had a queue, and we expect it to continue to be busy.
“Over the next six to eight weeks we’ll be running a close down and we expect it to be busy throughout.
“There is over £1,000,000 of stock here to clear and a lot will be sold over the next few weeks.”
Martin Ford, from Eaton Park, has picked out and bought wedding rings for him and his partner Niki Scahill.
The 39-year-old said: “We are getting married in September, so we just picked up two wedding rings in the sale. Wedding rings are usually really expensive so it was an ideal time to get a good deal on them.”
Another shopper, aged 33, bought an engagement ring to surprise his partner with, as he hopes to propose soon.
He said: “This is my first time shopping here and I just got an engagement ring for a really good price. I hope to propose soon – I’d do it today if I could!
“It’s a shame the store is closing down as it’s very nice inside.”
Helen Franklin was one of the first in the queue at 10am, but didn’t manage to get any accessories in the sale.
The 43-year-old, from Hanley, said: “I don’t usually shop here but thought I’d pop up due to the sale. We didn’t shop here before but heard about the sale on the radio, but haven’t been able to find anything we wanted.”