Ralph Klomp with son Justin.
What is your title in the company?
How long have you been with Trice Jewelers?
How long has the company been in business? Who founded it?
Trice was established July 1, 1959 and is quickly approaching 60 years. Trice was originally founded by a man named Robert Trice from Denver. At the time, Trice sold everything from luggage and chainsaws to blenders and cameras and was actually one of the larger electronic dealers in Colorado at that time. In the 1960s, a small jewelry chain in Ogden, Utah purchased Trice Jewelers from Robert Trice. They hired a young energetic 22-year-old named Ralph Klomp and asked him to move to Denver with his new wife Anne, and run the operation. Ralph ran the store while Anne did the books and accounting. Ralph recalls arriving at the Trice store and seeing only three small cases of jewelry with the rest of the inventory consisting of electronics, cameras and small appliances. After a few years managing, Ralph decided he didn’t want to work for someone else and gave his resignation. The owners and Ralph decided it would be mutually beneficial to form a partnership in the ownership of Trice. Just a few years after the partnership was finalized, Ralph and Anne bought out the partner and then continued to build and grow the business by moving away from selling other products like cameras and electronics and focus exclusively on fine jewelry. Ralph just completed his 50th year in the jewelry industry and is still going strong.
Please give previous locations of the business.
The original location was on 4029 E. Colfax in Denver. Trice then moved to University Hills shopping center on Colorado Boulevard, where it operated for over 37 years. In 2010, Trice purchased land and built their new free-standing building at the entrance of the newly developed Streets of Southglenn. The new building is a far cry from the original small store on Colfax. I still have a very faint memory of that first store and always wondered why there were iron bars over the door and windows.
What is your background? Education? Work history?
I am second-generation jeweler working at Trice. I grew up with Trice, weekends, holidays and also thought it was sooooo cool to come to the store. Loved it! As a kid growing up in Denver, I remember a few times being “grounded” as a punishment for poor choices made. Most of my friends had the same penalties from their parents and they were grounded at home. Mine was a bit different. I had to come into the store all day Saturday and polish gold, sweep the floors or other jobs at the store. After local high school at Cherry Creek, I went on to get my degree in accounting and information systems from BYU. A few years after I graduated, I joined Trice full-time and have loved the life I have.
Avid mountain biker Justin on a Continental Divide trip.
Other interests that relate to the business?
Like many others, I do like adventure and travel. A few times every year, we do some buying trips purchasing gems, jewelry and diamonds from exotic places like Hong Kong, Russia, or meet with designers from all around the world, including Italy, Africa, Brazil and Asia. I am a member of the amazing organization YPO (Young Presidents Organization), which is a global organization of over 24,000 business executives, where we meet, discuss and share ideas relating to business, family and community growth. Many close friendships and sage business advice has resulted from this membership with extraordinary people.
What inspired you to be a part of the business?
After college, I was recruited to work in the D.C. area in the information and technology sector. Great time, loved it there. I had a small break between projects and my father asked me about helping him set up email and an automated computer system. Loved the idea and came back to Colorado to help automate the business. Never left again!
Any other family members besides you active in the business?
My father Ralph and I are great friends and great partners. We work well and play well together. I also have a very creative sister, Wendy Duncan, and she is fantastic in helping plan events as well as promotions and advertising at Trice. Great to have her help as well. We are a very close family.
What impact have you had on Trice Jewelers?
I really wanted a free-standing store where our brand became more of a destination for our customers, instead of being part of the mall. Five years ago, we built our own building and designed it exactly how we wanted it.
Do you have expansion plan? If so, please describe.
Would love to expand and open another store or two, and yes, some ideas are in the works. Details to come soon.
Justin and Shelly Klomp with their children, Payton, Chloe and Spencer, in Cabo.
Your family? Wife? Children?
I am happily married to my wife Shelly for 13 years now with three busy and beautiful kids. They are active in sports, dance, school, piano, skiing, and hopefully, I will have another member of the family to join Trice as Gen 3!
Trice Jewelers at Streets of Southglenn.Courtesy photos
Company address, phone, website?
Streets of Southglenn
6885 S. University Blvd. in Centennial
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