Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 9:55 am by Sarah
It’s official. After more than 40 years of working in the family jewelry business, Randy Wimmer of Wimmer’s Diamonds has retired.
Wimmer’s Diamonds would like to sincerely thank Randy Wimmer for his decades of service and his commitment to his customers and the Fargo-Moorhead community.
Wimmer’s is a landmark of the Fargo-Moorhead area. The four-generation family-owned business began as the Fargo Jewelry Manufacturing Company in 1919, when Randy’s grandfather, Fred Wimmer, opened his first business. The company specialized in crafting rings, pins, medals and fraternal emblems.
In 1930, Fred Wimmer shifted the business focus from manufacturing to retail and opened Wimmer’s Jewelry. The shop was located on Broadway, above Woolworth’s, selling diamonds, jewelry, silver and other gifts, and offering repair service.
In 1998, the business was renamed Wimmer’s Diamonds to reflect the company’s focus on providing customers with the world’s highest quality diamonds. Wimmer’s also offers a full-range of services including gem setting, ring sizing, custom design, jewelry cleaning, repairs and appraisals.
Randy and his brother, Brad, have been in charge of the business since the 1970s, when they took over from their parents, Andy and Florence. However, Randy’s involvement with Wimmer’s dates back to 1965, when he worked there part-time during high school.
Under Randy and Brad’s management, Wimmer’s made its first trip to Antwerp, Belgium, in 1979. And that same year, Randy received the Diamond Certificate Award from the Gemological Institute of America’s president.
Although retired, Randy isn’t walking away from Wimmer’s entirely. He plans to still help out around the holidays and other busy times. Meanwhile, Randy’s nephew, Aaron Wimmer, will usher in the fourth generation of family ownership at Wimmer’s.
Please join the entire Wimmer Diamond team in wishing Randy a happy retirement and all the best in the future.
Thank you Randy!
Wimmer’s Diamonds will also be having a retirement sale to honor Randy’s years of service. Details will be posted here soon.