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Block Jewelers in Pennsylvania Closing After 92 Years in Business

A going-out-of-business sale is underway.




Block Jewelers in Springfield, PA, is closing after 92 years in business.

Owner Gary Block, grandson of founder Harry Block, has decided to retire along with his wife, Leslie Block.

The business has been at its current location on Baltimore Pike since 1966, but its origins date to 1929, Patch reports. That’s when it began as a mail-order operation.

In 1955, the company launched a catalog showroom model, eventually growing to four locations. It sold not only jewelry but also housewares, electronics and other items, according to Patch.

Since 1985, Block has focused on jewelry.

A going-out-of-business sale is underway.


“We’ll miss our customers and the camaraderie of seeing them on a regular basis,” Gary Block told Patch.

Read more at Patch



When There’s No Succession Plan, Call Wilkerson

Bob Wesley, owner of Robert C. Wesley Jewelers in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a third-generation jeweler. When it was time to enjoy life on the other side of the counter, he weighed his options. His lease was nearing renewal time and with no succession plan, he decided it was time to call Wilkerson. There was plenty of inventory to sell and at first, says Wesley, he thought he might try to manage a sale himself. But he’s glad he didn’t. “There’s no way I could have done this as well as Wilkerson,” he says. Wilkerson took responsibility for the entire event, with every detail — from advertising to accounting — done, dusted and managed by the Wilkerson team. “It’s the complete package,” he says of the Wilkerson method of helping jewelers to easily go on to the next phase of their lives. “There’s no way any retailer can duplicate what they’ve done.”

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