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Since 1919, Kingoff's and its clock have been downtown landmarks. “Well, I'm sad that we're leaving downtown. We love downtown and look forward to their 2020 vision and being a beautiful place to shop,” said Janice Kingoff. Kingoff's Jewelers has been a downtown destination for 90 years and three generations… Ben, Bill, and Michael. The family theme extends to its employees. “I was raised by the people who worked here and the people who were clients here,” said second-generation employee Zaharoula Katsikis. But the family jewelers will soon be on the move over to Hanover Center. “Some people are delighted and can't wait to shop with us at Hanover Center and some people are devastated,” Janice said. At the Hanover Center, both the new neighbors and mall operators are rolling out the welcome mat. “It's just a perfect match for us. We've wanted a really good jewelry store in here for a while,” said Bruce Henderson of Hanover Center. “Obviously we don't want any empty space around us, so hopefully it's going to generate a lot of traffic for us and we can actually help one another,” said Kim Harts of SAS Shoes. While Kingoff employees are sad about leaving downtown, they're looking forward to the move. “It's been nice being here, but I am really excited also about our new store,” Koula Katsikis said. Many customers were concerned about the fate of the recently replaced Kingoff clock on Front Street. It too will be on the move, not to the hanover center, though. The Kingoff's will display it proudly outside their store in The Forum shopping center.

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