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Halifax's NovaScotian Crystal to close at end of February

Nova Scotian Crystal announced on Thursday that they will close permanently at the end of February.
Nova Scotian Crystal announced on Thursday that they will close permanently at the end of February. - Ryan Taplin
HALIFAX, N.S. —

Only a few weeks after getting a shout-out from a Saturday Night Live cast member, NovaScotian Crystal is announcing its doors will close permanently at the end of February.

“Due to COVID-19 this past year has been challenging for many businesses and NovaScotian Crystal was certainly not exempt,” says a news release from the company.

The Halifax firm continued to benefit from online sales during the pandemic, the release says, but business from the retail showroom on the waterfront was down significantly, given the loss of visitors on cruise ships, as well as other tourists and customers.

“We are not able to envision a sustainable business in the foreseeable future,” the release says.

“We are extremely disheartened. Despite producing a world-class product, the hope of an improving economy, and a longstanding and supportive customer base, the current obstacles cannot be overcome.”

NovaScotian Crystal Whiskey Tumbler - Contributed
NovaScotian Crystal Whiskey Tumbler - Contributed

The company says closing will not be done through receivership, and it plans “business as usual until closing.”

Staff will try to help customers complete collections they have, and gift cards will be honoured.

The company says the responsible choice is to close in an orderly fashion, while at the same time fulfilling obligations to its 37 employees, as well as suppliers and partners.

At Christmas, SNL cast member Kenan Thompson got a pair of NovaScotian Crystal tumblers from his wife, who’s from Nova Scotia, and a video of him opening the gift was posted online.

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