Crider Jewelers closing in Norwalk, Willard

Norwalk community dealt another economic blow.
Cary Ashby
Feb 4, 2014


Crider Jewelers has announced its locations in Norwalk and Willard will be closing.

“I have decided to close our Norwalk and Willard locations after a brief sale. The Sandusky location will be unaffected by the change in operations,” owner Jim Boling told the Reflector.

Boling and his wife Amy bought Crider Jewelers in Norwalk from Paul and Ellen Crider in 1984. Nine years later, Boling purchased the Willard store from Patrick Ferrell.

The owner explained a bit of his reasoning to close the two Huron County locations in an email to the Reflector.

“Although the decision was very difficult, I know it is right for our business. We have become a very mobile society, which is evident by the number of customers visiting our Sandusky store from the Norwalk area. It became clear that consolidation would not only relieve some demands on my time, but help our business in Sandusky continue to grow,” Boling said.

Crider Jewelers in Norwalk is located at 16 W. Main St. The Willard location is at 122 Blossom Centre.

“Thankfully, three of our long-time Norwalk employees, with over 60 years of experience, have agreed to join the Sandusky team,” Boling said.

When making the announcement about closing the Huron County stores through a mass mailing, Boling also reported the prices on Crider Jewelers’ entire inventory will be drastically reduced.

"The entire inventory has been marked with savings up to 70 percent off. Everything must be sold, including all (the) furniture and fixtures at the Norwalk and Willard locations," Boling said.

The store closing sales will be open to the public at both locations Friday.

“We must liquidate the entire inventory at our Norwalk and Willard locations. We would rather sell it to you, our loyal customers and friends, at drastic reductions than liquidators,” Boling said.

“When the sale is over, it will be very sad to lock the door for the last time. I have enjoyed my 30 years in Norwalk, especially our wonderful customers and friends,” he added in the email.

It’s been a tough stretch for the Norwalk community.

Earlier this month, Epic Technologies announced it is shutting down its Norwalk operations, eliminating the remaining 85 workers. The company previously had made a series of layoffs since 2010, when 280 (including 30 temps) were employed here.

On Friday, Kmart announced it will close its Norwalk store in mid-May.

These announcements come at a time when Janesville Acoustics is in the process of closing its Norwalk facility and eliminating the jobs of 296 employees, including hourly and salaried.



Gonna be a ghost town up in here very soon. Rumor about Big Lots and Sears closing within the next year too. Norwalk needs some kind of boost and quick!


From what I have seen and heard it just is not Norwalk it is the whole county going down slowly.


Rumors also going around that a ( Huron co.) factory on the east side of Bellevue is in danger of shutting doors also.


IMO, Gov. Kasich needs to work to eliminate the individual & corp. state income tax.

1. It'll potentially put more money in hard working Ohioans pockets.

2. It would also encourage the starting, expansion and re-location of businesses leading to economic growth, which is the real driver of prosperity and thus ultimately beneficial for all Ohioans.


Would it be American Baler? I hear rumors about them.


Yes, that's the one.


So sad that more hardworking people will be out of a job. I pray that Norwalk and Huron County can recover and bring hope and jobs back to the community.


You are so right. The effects are like the ripples of a stone being thrown in the creek !


wow..this is really getting bad..there are going to be hard working good people without a income all over the area. thought it would not get this bad.. when 1/2 the people dont work what is going to happen. SCARY


It is a trickle down effect...when good paying union jobs leave people don't have the money to shop at other businesses! Plain and simple commen sense. Wake up America. You cannot support a family on 10.00 an hour and shop at Criders. Lots more closings to come!


Only 23% of workers nationwide are union, so by your argument 77% of the country is closing up. Unions do not help the economy they ruin it.


I live & work in Huron Co. I work for a fortune 500 company and belong to a union. Don't blame the unions. The 77% should stick together & make it happen.


Re: "I work for a fortune 500 company and belong to a union."

With a shrinking workforce?

And the question is: For how long?

Unions tend to price their members out of the market.


Our company is actually growing. So I guess the answer is: Until someone figures out how to outsource the railroad.


Re: "railroad."

70% of the cost of employment is wages, the remaining 30% is benefits.

RR are figuring out how to reduce personnel and handle more freight.

Good luck!



The end is near. Ole gloom and doom contaco. 70% of the cost of employment is wages and benefits? You need a hobby besides posting on newspaper comment sections.


So rbenn, by your argument the 77% are helping while the smaller 23%, the union workers, are ruining the economy? Lol, wow. I work for a union shop and while I don't always agree with them, they do protect our job's and insure we the workers earn a good wage and keep the company from forgetting why they are making millions-us. So I think a comment like that is as liberal as it is ludicrous and uneducated..stop watching so much Fox's melting your brain.


Re: "good paying union jobs leave,"

Producing 'what' and marketed 'where'?

"Jobs" don't leave, capital leaves.

No capital = no jobs.

Capital seeks the highest returns & tends to flow where it is best rewarded.

The largest employers in Huron Co. & Norwalk are govt. (public ees.) and not-for-profits - not a foundation for a vibrant economy.


It's not the Mayors fault. Don't blame him and his non existent economic plan. It can't succeed if it doesn't exist.


^^^^ +1


Good point.

A couple of quotes come to mind:

If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there.


“We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice.”

- Woody Allen

Re-Elect Duncan 2015?


Looks like Woody is back in the news with a poor decision!


Well said fedup2.

With the current economic structure of growing buisness but not the consumers wallets, only 1 rich family will be left. Then what?

That is not what America needs. We need good paying jobs with benefits. This is the backbone of America. Shame on places like Walmart for doing this to America. Deep down, everyone knows as long as the Norwalk Wal Mart is around, or any Wal-Mart or store like it more and more small buisness will be shut down. They simply can not and never will be able to compete. Look at the parking lot when you drive by. It is full.

Wal-Mart executives have to be mature and do the right thing in paying their employees and true living wage and benefits. If not, expect more government hand outs, more closings, more empty store fronts. The choice is up to Wal-Mart and the people who choose to shop there by aiding in Norwalk's demise.


Re: "Walmart"

Old saying: What comes around, goes around.

Better read the biz section. Wal-Mart had lousy earnings numbers.

The dollar stores and on-line shopping took a bite out of their profits.

Heck, they might close stores. Imagine if you get your wish and Wal-Mart closes the one in Norwalk?

A&P used to be the largest retailer in the world. Where are they now?

Kobayashi Maru

While the recent closings are not the mayor's fault he always seems flat-footed and surprised when it happens. While that is disappointing it's not surprising given his "I'll let others do their jobs and not micromanage everyone" message when he ran for office.

Right now he needs to be calling Big Lots to see if they are struggling and need help. Same with Sears. He should be checking with other companies too.

When he campaigned he promised jobs and said he was connected with Mary Taylor's office and that many companies were looking to move back to America to produce their goods. He said he would bring those jobs here. He has failed to deliver on his campaign promises. Fuyao is adding 800 jobs in the Dayton area - why didn't he bring those jobs here?


What is going on in this world today? I blame the economy and Obama. We have all these places closing in Norwalk, We have Staples and Gordon Lumber closing in Tiffin, The Beer Dock drive thru in Bellevue closed (the bar and pizza room still open),Rumor has it American Baler owner bought new facility like the one in Bellevue. Guess it is in Georgia and much bigger then the one here. So those employees are holding tight to see what happens there if anything. I pray they stay open. They keep saying with the new economy we are to have more jobs and blah blah blah......WELL where are they?


They only exist on government paper. They just fudge numbers around to show progress. Well you can see the PROGRESS heading right the fluck out of town.

former local

Not EVERY problem is America is the President's fault. Sheesh!


Well if you aren't making any money you wont be buying any jewelry! That's a no brainer! Sandusky is a smart move for criders with more people with more money visiting and living there.

morning coffee

Tired of hearing how the economy is getting better every day from this administration. I look around and only see people hurting. Quit blaming Wal Mart, if you don't like it don't patronize it! Jobs are leaving and not coming back because taxes and regulations are making it impossible to turn a profit. Remember, if YOU started a business YOU would want to make a profit.