Samuel Gordon Jewelers is closing its doors after 111 years of business in Oklahoma City.
The business was founded in 1904 by Lithuanian immigrant Samuel Gordon, who opened the jeweler’s first location in downtown Oklahoma City.
Gary Gordon, who will turn 68 years old next month, said he is closing the business so he can retire.
Gordon said he is still passionate about the jewelry business and the only reason the store is closing is so that he can retire. “It’s really kind of boring. I’ve done this for 48 years, and I’m going to allow myself to rest,” Gordon said.
Gordon is Samuel Gordon’s grandson and has worked in the jewelry business most of his life. He took over as principal of the company in 1980 after the death of his father, Norman Gordon.
Final sale to start
The store will begin a going-out-of business sale later this week and will close its doors once everything is gone, Gary Gordon said.
“We’ll be selling items very close to cost or under cost — and we don’t know how long it will last,” he said.
It’s unclear what will happen with Samuel Gordon’s 12,000 square-foot superstore at 5521 N Pennsylvania Avenue.
The building is a former Goodyear Tire store situated across from Penn Square Mall, remodeled with the help of local architect Rand Elliott. The Gordon family closed its three Oklahoma City area stores to relocate into the remodeled building in 1990.
“The plans for the building are somewhat unknown right now,” Gary Gordon said.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article did not include a sentence that Gary Gordon said he is still passionate about the jewelry business. It has been added.
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