NEW YORK — Michael C. Fina, a leading jeweler and wedding gift retailer at 500 Park Avenue, announced it will close its doors this month after 80 years and transform into an online-only retailer.
Starting April 16, the selection of high-quality jewelry, tableware and home décor products that generations have sought for weddings and special occasions will only be found online at MichaelCFina.com. Additionally, Michael C. Fina’s Wedding Registry will now reach more couples than ever before through a partnership with Zola, an online wedding registry. Couples who register at Michael C. Fina will now do so through Zola, and existing couples will have their registries moved over to the site to enhance their experience.
The NY Times reports that Michael C. Fina will lay off 20 workers when its store closes and will be featured on a new wedding registry section this year on Amazon.com. Foot traffic at the retail store has dropped 80% over the past decade.
“Since my grandparents first opened Michael C. Fina more than 80 years ago, we’ve been pioneers of new retail approaches. Transitioning to an online-only store lets Michael C. Fina evolve with our customers, who are already overwhelmingly shopping at MichaelCFina.com,” said Steven Fina, President and Chief Merchant of Michael C. Fina. “By partnering with Zola to power our online Wedding Registry through their best in class customer experience, we will bring the products, designers and manufacturers that Michael C. Fina is known for to a larger audience than ever before.”
As part of this partnership, Michael C. Fina will work with Zola to offer a robust selection of more than 50 brands and 1,500 different items from Michael C. Fina’s luxury tableware catalog including Simon Pearce, George Jensen and L’Objet. Additionally, Michael C. Fina’s wedding registry experience will now be exclusively powered by Zola.com. Couples registering at MichaelCFina.com will be directed to Zola.com.
“For almost a century, couples all over the world have turned to Michael C. Fina as they build their lives together by adding the finest quality and craftsmanship in tableware, home décor and jewelry to their wedding registries,” said Shan-Lyn Ma, CEO and Founder of Zola. “Partnering with Michael C. Fina will provide couples with Zola’s premium registry experience, while expanding customers’ access to new brands and thousands of high-quality gifts from the legendary New York City retailer.”