Will Florence Zale's Close Next Year?
Zale's Jewelers has been a presence in Florence for as long as most Shoals area residents can remember. Founded in 1924, the mass merchandiser of bling is part of the Signet Jewelers parent company which also owns Kay and Jared.
Two weeks ago, Signet announced that in 2020 it would close over 150 underperforming stores. The struggling retail giant also stated that most of these stores would be located in malls, as the current Florence outlet is. The final list has not yet been compiled, but other indicators suggest our retail location may be on chopping block.
While most retail establishments open at 10:00 a.m. in Florence Mall, Zale's remains closed until Noon. According to both local and national sources, sales during the last holiday period were dramatically off. In other words, if you want something from the once iconic brand, perhaps you should purchase it now.