Rutherfordton — Doncaster shut down after 87 years in business.The high-end women’s clothing and accessories online and and direct sales is closed due to “cash flow issues and the inability to convince our investor group to continue.”
The Doncaster concept started in 1931, as the Doncaster Collar and Shirt Co. in Rutherfordton. With encouragement from the Junior League of Charlotte, the business eventually evolved into direct sales. The Junior League members were the original “Doncaster consultants,” providing personal service and in-home shopping experiences.
Doncaster had about 2,000 consultants at the time it closed last week.
Former N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker led Doncaster from 1999-2005.