Bacon Jewelers recently announced it has closed the Perry location of the business.

“This was not our expected way that we wanted to end our years in Perry,” Eddie Bacon said. “But due to the circumstances and due to the age of the owners, it was just too much to commit at their age to basically starting over.”

The decision to permanently close comes after a March 21 fire temporarily closed Bacon Jewelers, along with Perry Floral and Gifts and Ben’s Five and Dime.

“It was just a bad night,” Eddie Bacon said of the fire and its aftermath of significant smoke damage.

He is the third generation of Bacons to run the Perry location. Bacon Jewelers opened in 1960 in Perry. The Boone location followed in 1968.

“Perry has always been a very good business town for us,” Eddie Bacon said. “The people of Perry have supported us for 58 years, mainly due to the quality of employees we had over the years.”

He went on to add that the Bacon family and employees enjoyed serving those customers over the years with everything from changing a watch battery to hooking up a chain or selling them an engagement ring.

Bacon Jewelers will remain open in the Boone location. Eddie Bacon will transition to that location.

“We’ll be more than happy to service any of our customers in the Boone location with the same customer service and quality that we offered in Perry,” he said.

The decision to close the Perry store, Eddie Bacon said, was not an easy one. He said they don’t yet know what will happen with the Bacon Jewelers building.

He added that they will move forward with the closing of the Perry location before deciding what to do with the building.

Overall, Eddie Bacon said the Bacon family appreciated the chance to serve Perry over the years.

“We want to thank them for 58 good years and we wish we could have stayed for many more,” he said. “But at this point, with the age of the ownership and everything it was going to be too much for them to start over.”