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ICYMI: Squamish business beat: Keir Fine Jewellery to close Squamish store, keeps Whistler flagship

Keir Fine Jewellery announces the closure of its Squamish outlet in August; Whistler flagship remains operational for all services.
Keir Fine Jewellery is closing its Squamish store.

Squamish is set to lose a jewellery store as Keir Fine Jewellery prepares to close its doors.

Owner Lana Beattie told The Newisu she was devastated to have to end their time in Squamish, but couldn’t afford to keep the store running with current clientele numbers.

“We did want to grow our business, but unfortunately, we did not have enough of a customer base in Squamish to keep things going, which is very sad,” Beattie said.

“We had lots of great customers and made lots of great friendships there, but unfortunately, we are not going to be able to keep our doors open.”

Beattie purchased Keir Fine Jewellery in Whistler in 2012 and opened their second store in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in 2016.

When the lease ended in 2019, Beattie made the decision to relocate the business to Squamish and opened the store in the Chieftain Plaza the same year.

“We had full services, so we did watch batteries, strap adjustments, repairs, custom work and then, of course, sold the stock we had at the store,” Beattie said.

“We were there for almost five years … we did give it a good try, and sometimes you have to try and fail and then just pick up the pieces and keep going.”

She recalls the moment a couple spontaneously got engaged in the Squamish store in 2021 as one of the most memorable moments in the store’s history.

“Many Squamish clients have allowed us to share in these precious moments, it is so beautiful,” Beattie said.

Keir Fine Jewellery will remain open until early to mid-August with services to continue as per normal in their flagship Whistler store.

“We would like to thank the Squamish community for supporting us while we were there and we do feel very bad that we are not going to be able to continue on,” Beattie said.

“Unfortunately, it’s a business decision, and we are definitely going to miss our Squamish customers. I hope they’ll come see us in our Whistler store, which we hope will be open for another 20 years.”

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•Please note that this story has been corrected to have the accurate spelling of the store's name. The Newisu apologizes for this error.