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192 US Jewelry Stores Close in Third Quarter

That’s higher than in the third quarter of last year.




The Jewelers Board of Trade reported that 192 U.S. jewelry retailers closed their doors in the third quarter of 2018.

That number represented an increase from 174 closings in the third quarter of 2017.

The total included 155 retailers in the category of “ceased operations” as well as 31 “consolidations (sale/merger)” and six bankruptcies.

The total number of U.S. jewelry businesses that closed, including retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, was 226. That was a decrease from 228 in the third quarter of 2017.

Meanwhile, JBT reported that 39 new retailers opened their doors in the U.S., up from 34 in the third quarter of 2017.

The total number of new jewelry businesses, including retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, was 51. That was up from 40 new businesses in the year-ago quarter.


JBT listed a total of 19,101 jewelry retailers in the U.S. as of the third quarter of 2018, down from 20,040 in the same quarter a year ago.

The group listed 25,268 jewelry businesses in all, including retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers. That was down from 26,523 in the third quarter of 2017.



When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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