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Why Bank Closings Could Be Good News for Your Store

Think of it as a real-estate opportunity.

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AMERICAN BANKS have closed 9,000 branches in the last decade as digital banking and other trends have resulted in fewer people visiting their physical outlets. While that’s bad news in some communities where consumers now have to travel great distances to find a branch, it’s good news for jewelers, especially those looking for a new location. Few other abandoned commercial buildings are such a good fit for jewelers, given bank branches’ often central locations on Main Street, security-driven designs, features such as walk-in vaults and often cool, retro designs. Pondered a move lately? Keep an eye on your local bank.

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George Koueiter & Sons Jewelers, a 65-year old jewelry institution in Grosse Pointe, MI, had always been a mainstay in this suburban Detroit community. But when owners George and Paul Koueiter were ready to retire, they made the decision to close rather than sell. “We decided our best option to do the liquidation sale was Wilkerson,” says Paul Koueiter. The results, says George Koueiter, exceeded expectations and the process was easy. “Wilkerson just kept us in mind,” says George. “They never did anything without asking and whatever they asked us to do was just spot on.”

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