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These Customers Are Guilty of Moving Violations




We just closed a location we’ve had for 40-plus years to relocate to a brand new store. We had to shut down operations for five days. It took each day to load the safes, cases, inventory and all the decades of “collecting.” We had customers who literally stepped over the moving trucks’ loading inclines, walked past the “Closed” signage, and entered the chaos of our showroom floor. At this point, they couldn’t understand why we were not able to 1) replace watch batteries; 2) repair bent prongs; 3) appraise items bought elsewhere; 4) order watch crystals. It was difficult to nicely explain that the instruments and tools we needed were probably in that large truck that they just maneuvered around to enter. We maintained our good manners to acknowledge and engage these dear customers, but perhaps we should have had a parking lot attendant to run interference. Lessons learned: Some folks just don’t use common sense. — Wendy Smith, Jimmy Smith Jewelers, Decatur, AL




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Wilkerson Helped This Jeweler to Navigate His Retirement Sale Despite a Pandemic

Hosting a going-out-of-business sale when the coronavirus pandemic hit wasn’t a part of Bob Smith’s game plan for his retirement. Smith, the owner of E.M. Smith Jewelers in Chillicothe, Ohio, says the governor closed the state mid-way through. But Smith chose Wilkerson, and Wilkerson handled it like a champ, says Smith. And when it was time for the state to reopen, the sale continued like nothing had ever happened. “I’d recommend Wilkerson,” he says. “They do business the way we do business.”

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