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James Avery to Add 200 Jobs As It Opens Manufacturing Plant in Corpus Christi, TX

The building is a former military helicopter engine repair and testing facility.




James Avery Craftsman Inc. plans to open a jewelry manufacturing facility in Corpus Christi, TX.

The 41,200-square-foot building is a former military helicopter engine repair and testing facility.

James Avery plans to start its first phase of manufacturing as early as June 2022, according to a press release from Cravey Real Estate Services Inc. The company “will bring economic life to the community, adding 200 + new jobs to the market.”

James Avery has more than 100 stores in four states. Their jewelry is also available at and more than 200 Dillard’s locations, as well as airport stores in Austin and Houston and at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service locations in Fort Hood and Fort Belvoir.

The Corpus Christi building is located at 401 Junior Beck Dr.




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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