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Kuhn's Jewelers Announces Move Out of Downtown Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. - A Salisbury business that's called downtown Salisbury home for more than a century is closing up shop and moving, for now. Kuhn's Jewelers is moving to a new location on Route 13 in Sea Gull Square, right near Salisbury University.

Kuhn's Jewelers owner Susan Kuhn-Purnell says their move is due in part to the all of the downtown construction. The city says the intersection at Division and Main streets will wrap up at the end of the month, with other parts of Division Street finishing at the end of the year. But starting in 2020, the plaza section of Main Street will start to undergo all of its own reconstruction. 

"I think that our move is one of those, and I like these words, unintended consequences of progress," Kuhn-Purnell said.

According to Kuhn-Purnell, they needed a new business plan after construction now could last through the end of 2020.

"Once Main Street and Division Street were torn apart, we saw a huge impact on our business," Kuhn-Purnell said. "And, it was the fiscal pain I couldn't endure any longer."

Parking has also been an issue for Kuhn's Jewelers.

"My customers have told me its very hard to get here. It's very hard to park," Kuhn Purnell said. "Now at the new location, they'll easily be able to pull up front, park there, park for free, and come and see us."

Other businesses downtown say they're feeling it too.

"Kuhn's has been a staple in downtown Salisbury for like a hundred years, you know, so that's huge," said Jeremy Norton with Roadie Joe's, a restaurant located on the Downtown Plaza. "But at the same time, they need to do what they need to do for their business. I mean, it's a small community, they'll be supported and all we can ask is that during this construction, everybody in Salisbury continues to support us."

The construction is more than cosmetic updates. It's also fixing water and sewer pipes. It's a headache now that some business owners say is important for the city's growth.

"An inconvenience for sure but definitely necessary, especially if we want Salisbury to grow," Vicente Hernandez, owner of Olde Towne Deli, said. "We have to take these small advances no matter how painful they are."

Kuhn-Purnell said the move is only temporary. She said they hope to be back in their downtown location when all the construction is said and done. 

 

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