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Co-Founder of Belair Time Dies at 104On Aug. 9, Ernest Grunwald, co-founder of Belair Time Corp., died at age 104.

Born in Bielefeld, Germany, he attended Bonn University, but was forced to discontinue his studies in 1933 when Hitler expelled all Jewish students.

He relocated to Italy, where he studied Italian and later medicine at the University of Pisa. In 1938, Grunwald fled to Switzerland and was finally able to immigrate to the U.S. in 1941.

In 1943, Grunwald was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in North Africa and Italy. He became a naturalized citizen during the war.

On Jan. 12, 1946, he married Ilse Kalberman and joined the small family watch business, the J. Kalberman Co. Grunwald’s flair and language skills (he was fluent in English, French, German and Italian) served him well and the business flourished, eventually becoming the official U.S. distributor for both Enicar and Cyma watches and clocks.

In 1962, they opened a watch movement assembly plant, Belair Time Corp., in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1974, his son Alan joined the business which relocated to Lakewood, NJ, in 1989. It remains there today.

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Grunwald had a passion for people and was loved by employees, suppliers, and customers alike.

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Co-Founder of Belair Time Dies at 104On Aug. 9, Ernest Grunwald, co-founder of Belair Time Corp., died at age 104.

Born in Bielefeld, Germany, he attended Bonn University, but was forced to discontinue his studies in 1933 when Hitler expelled all Jewish students.

He relocated to Italy, where he studied Italian and later medicine at the University of Pisa. In 1938, Grunwald fled to Switzerland and was finally able to immigrate to the U.S. in 1941.

In 1943, Grunwald was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in North Africa and Italy. He became a naturalized citizen during the war.

On Jan. 12, 1946, he married Ilse Kalberman and joined the small family watch business, the J. Kalberman Co. Grunwald’s flair and language skills (he was fluent in English, French, German and Italian) served him well and the business flourished, eventually becoming the official U.S. distributor for both Enicar and Cyma watches and clocks.

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In 1962, they opened a watch movement assembly plant, Belair Time Corp., in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1974, his son Alan joined the business which relocated to Lakewood, NJ, in 1989. It remains there today.

Grunwald had a passion for people and was loved by employees, suppliers, and customers alike.

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Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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