March 7, 2021
Business News

‘We are truly heartbroken’ – Coronavirus crisis deals hammer blow to one of Waterford’s best-known businesses

The Covid-19 crisis has dealt a hammer blow to one of Waterford best-known businesses.

Last month WaterfordNow.ie reported that the Kniesel family of jewellers would be retiring from the business after 68 years trading in the city-centre. At the time they said the iconic Kniesel store on John Roberts Square would continue to operate under existing manager Lisa Statham and her husband Lee.

However, in a statement issued on social media, Kniesels confirmed the transfer of ownership would not now happen, throwing the future of the store into doubt.

Georgie Kneisel and Lisa Statham told customers they are “truly heartbroken” at the development.

The statement said: “Due to the uncertain time we all find ourselves in, we have decided, that the transfer of ownership which was envisaged will unfortunately not take place at this time. This was an incredibly difficult decision to make, we have worked so hard to make this happen and you our customers have supported us every step of the way. All of us involved are truly heartbroken.”

However, they said they would do everything they can, “together with the liquidator to salvage our shared dream of continuing the legacy that is Kneisel Jewellers” once the “global crisis” is over.

The statement added: “Until then to our wonderful customers, friends and loved ones, mind yourselves and each other.”

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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