The new manager, Bill Eskildsen, is a Cherokee native with 15 years of experience in retail sales. He and his wife Ginny, also a Cherokee native, moved back to town two years ago from Kansas City, and Bill has served as the General Manager of Cherokee's Dollar Store since that time. The couple have two children - Leah, 9, and Colin, 7.
Mark Arnold, who has managed Royer's for many years, is leaving the store at the end of the year to pursue new opportunities in Dubuque.
Long-time employee Betty Egger will continue her employment at Royer's, and there are also three new employees to help customers with their jewelry needs.
Those new employees - Emily Heisterkamp, Lisa Kellen and Teresa Van Voorst - all have previous sales experience, and they have been excited to work in their new positions for the last few weeks.
The ladies have been busy helping customers since they joined the Royer's staff, and they have noted several couples who have been shopping for "wedding jewelry," including some nice sparkly gifts which will soon be under area Christmas trees.
Accoding to the Royers staff, a popular trend in jewelry is white gold with colored diamonds, and these items can certainly be found right here in Cherokee at Royers Jewelry.
Eskildsen says that Royers will continue to offer all of the same great services to which Cherokeans have become accustomed, including watch and jewelry sales and repair, as well as silver and gold available for purchase. More intricate jewelry service work can be provided through agreements with Silver and Gold in Spirit Lake and Paxton's Jewelers in Storm Lake, and Eskildsen says that he hopes to have the services of an "in house" jeweler at some point in the future.
Royers Jewelry is owned by Martin and Melinda Marten of Spirit Lake, who are also the owners of the Silver and Gold store in that community.
Whether you are a loyal customer of Royers or haven't been in the store for years, you are invited to stop into the store at 202 W. Main St. to say "goodbye" to Mark Arnold and also meet the new staff.