King Jewelers to Shutter Florida Store Amid Owner Retirement
The company’s fifth generation will continue to operate the Nashville location.
Scott and Maxine King, the company CEO and president, respectively, have announced their retirement and the closure of the King Jewelers location in Aventura, Florida.
Sons David and Jonathan King will continue to operate King Jewelers in Nashville.
Florida has been King Jewelers’ mainstay over its five generations.
Louis King immigrated to the United States in 1898. A watchmaker by trade, he worked in a factory by day and repaired watches by night, according to the King Jewelers website.
Dreams of the Gold Rush brought him to Salt Lake City in 1902, where he sold mining supplies, guns, and suitcases to the local mining community. He and his family also purchased precious stones and metals, amassing a large gold inventory.
In 1912, the King family opened King’s Jewelers in Salt Lake City, beginning the family business that remains today.
By 1931, three generations were working for the family business. That year, after moving to Philadelphia and Atlantic City, the King family set its sights on South Florida, opening a store on Miami Beach.
As the company grew over the years, the King Jewelers diamond business grew particularly successful, prompting the company to open an import and export office in Antwerp, Belgium in 1961.
Following several moves and expansions in the Miami area, Scott and Maxine King relocated King Jewelers to the current Aventura location in 2004.
In 2008, they opened a Nashville store, operated by their son David. He and his brother Jonathan will continue to operate the Nashville location going forward.
This fall, the Nashville store will expand with the addition of an IWC Schaffhausen boutique.
“It’s been our pleasure to serve not only generations of South Floridians, but also family generations from all over the country who have remained our loyal clients and friends
throughout the years,” said Scott King.
“I’m especially proud of my two boys who will continue the King legacy as Maxine and I retire.”
Maxine King added, “While it’s very difficult to say goodbye to our friends and clients in South Florida, we retire with so much gratitude.
“For more than fifty years, we’ve given our hearts to style our clients from around the world in some of the most spectacular jewelry and diamond creations.”
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