Tanner Companies LLC close Doncaster

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.

Started in 1931, the Doncaster Collar and Shirt Co. began in RutherfordtonDoncaster’s parent, Tanner Companies LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 2017, according to court documents. This month the bankruptcy judge approved converting the case to Chapter 7 that calls for the liquidation of assets.

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.