Edina, Minnesota— After more than 40 years, Edina, Minnesota’s Scheherazade Jewelers, an independent retailer in the upscale Galleria mall, is closing.

The company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, which involves liquidating assets, on March 10, in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Minnesota.

This is the jeweler’s second trip to bankruptcy court. Scheherazade Jewelers filed Chapter 11, which gives companies the chance to reorganize and set up a plan to pay creditors, in 2010.

According to Minnesota newspaper The Star Tribune, Scheherazade Jewelers relocated from its corner location near Williams-Sonoma to a new wing in the shopping center in June.

Attorney Chad Kelsch, who is representing Scheherazade, told the newspaper that the move impacted foot traffic because customers were unable to find the new location.

Neither Kelsch nor the Galleria responded to National Jeweler’s request for further comment on the case.

Kelsch told the newspaper there are secured debt claims of $344,000 and unsecured debt claims of $1.2 million as well as $10,000 in priority wage claims from employees.

The bankruptcy filing shows that Scheherazade Jewelers has more than 200 creditors, including American Gem Society, Frederick Goldman Inc., Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. and Rio Grande.

Among the creditors are a group of individuals owed money for the sale of jewelry consigned to the store, The Star Tribune reports. There are comments on the store’s Facebook and Yelp pages from customers asking about the status of their consigned jewelry.

No one answered the phone at Scheherazade Jewelers Thursday, though a recorded message did provide some information about the store’s closure.

Taking inventory of the unsold consigned pieces has begun and will take “some time to complete,” the message states.

Jewelry cannot be returned while the process is underway, but will be secured in safety deposit boxes.

The message also noted that gift cards will no longer be honored, but customers can file a claim for compensation.












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