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Consider your market’s potential demographics when deciding what sort of personality your store ought to have. Paco Underhill says it’s important to consider those potential customers and adapt your physical environment to fit their needs.

Consider your market’s potential demographics when deciding what sort of personality your store ought to have. Paco Underhill says it’s important to consider those potential customers and adapt your physical environment to fit their needs.

Here’s one example: If you own a jewelry store in southern Florida, Underhill says, 10 to 15 percent of people walking in the door are under age 12, because Latin families tend to shop in social clusters. The kids may not be your primary customer base, but the people walking in with them are, and so it would be in your best interest to entertain them. “So if I’m on 57th Street in New York, there are not a lot of kids who walk in,” Underhill says. “But if I’m at a jewelry store in Fort Lauderdale or Boca or Miami, having a children’s area might make a lot of sense.”

Others who feel disenfranchised by the process of shopping in a jewelry store are the under-30 crowd, Underhill says. “There are a generation of Americans, under 30, who are intimidated by the process. They think ‘I am getting ripped off so I’m going to buy my diamond online and take it to a store to have it set.”

Even so, all is not lost. Use that opportunity to build a relationship. “If I’m the brick-and-mortar store, I’ll set that ring for you because it gets me the chance to begin a relationship, to ask for your e-mail and ask, ‘Do you want me to remind you about Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and your wife’s birthday? Because I can probably help you.”

Get more actionable advice from the world’s leading retail environment expert at The SMART Show. Paco Underhill’s must-see keynote session takes place on Saturday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m., and is sponsored by Synchrony Financial.

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Consider your market’s potential demographics when deciding what sort of personality your store ought to have. Paco Underhill says it’s important to consider those potential customers and adapt your physical environment to fit their needs.

Consider your market’s potential demographics when deciding what sort of personality your store ought to have. Paco Underhill says it’s important to consider those potential customers and adapt your physical environment to fit their needs.

Here’s one example: If you own a jewelry store in southern Florida, Underhill says, 10 to 15 percent of people walking in the door are under age 12, because Latin families tend to shop in social clusters. The kids may not be your primary customer base, but the people walking in with them are, and so it would be in your best interest to entertain them. “So if I’m on 57th Street in New York, there are not a lot of kids who walk in,” Underhill says. “But if I’m at a jewelry store in Fort Lauderdale or Boca or Miami, having a children’s area might make a lot of sense.”

Others who feel disenfranchised by the process of shopping in a jewelry store are the under-30 crowd, Underhill says. “There are a generation of Americans, under 30, who are intimidated by the process. They think ‘I am getting ripped off so I’m going to buy my diamond online and take it to a store to have it set.”

Even so, all is not lost. Use that opportunity to build a relationship. “If I’m the brick-and-mortar store, I’ll set that ring for you because it gets me the chance to begin a relationship, to ask for your e-mail and ask, ‘Do you want me to remind you about Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and your wife’s birthday? Because I can probably help you.”

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Get more actionable advice from the world’s leading retail environment expert at The SMART Show. Paco Underhill’s must-see keynote session takes place on Saturday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m., and is sponsored by Synchrony Financial.

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Wilkerson Testimonials

Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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