A longtime family-owned Broomfield business will be making a move later this year.

Jimmie Lock and Key, originally started by Jim Clay in 1982, serves as the only locksmith business local to Broomfield. The business will be moving from its home at 555 U.S. 287 to a building located behind the Burger King off 120th Avenue and Main Street.

Clay’s stepson, Bill Powell, the current owner of Jimmie Lock and Key, said he showed up to work sometime in early June and found a sign from the property owner stating that the land was under consideration for a Kum and Go gas station.

“I’m not one to wait around and find out how it was going to turn out,” Powell said. “We immediately had a meeting with the landlord and came to an agreement to leave.”

The Kum and Go gas station is still in the concept review stage, according to the development proposal site on Broomfield Voice. Thus, the project is a few steps away from being brought to the Broomfield City Council for consideration and approval.

According to the principal planner for the development Judy Hammer, timelines for development review in Broomfield is approximately 36 weeks. If the project makes it past the first concept plan review process, the next step will entail the applicant submitting a formal development review application.

“We have to be out by November, and I didn’t want to take a chance on waiting,” Powell said. “We feel like everything happens for a reason. This is God’s business, and we are doing what we feel he wants us to do.”

Powell said he feels lucky to have claimed the new spot on 120th Avenue and Main Street for his business.

“That is a pretty heavily trafficked area, so I think it could be a chance to gain more business,” Powell said. “I, ideally, wouldn’t have done a move like this at this stage in my life, but we are making it work.”

Jimmie Lock and Key, currently located at 555 U.S. 287 in Broomfield, will soon be moving to its new home behind the Burger King on 120th Avenue and Main Street. (Sydney McDonald/Staff Writer)

Powell’s stepfather built the locksmith business all while taking care of Powell’s mother, who had recently suffered from an aneurysm and stroke. Powell’s mother, Joy Clay, didn’t let her health issues hold her back from helping out in the family business, Powell said.

Powell said after he took over the business around 1992 he has worked to keep the “mom and pop” atmosphere within the business. Ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, the business had grown considerably, but Powell said when the pandemic hit he scaled it back significantly.

“We are really grateful we stayed in good shape throughout the pandemic,” Powell said.

As a business that’s been loved and trusted by the Broomfield community for decades, Powell and office manager Cindy Shymanski said they are not running short on helping hands.

“We’ve had a lot of our previous customers and other smaller businesses around town hear about the move and come in and offer to help,” Shymanski said. “We’ve been blown away by how much help we’ve been offered.”

Powell said although the move is still going slow, and they hadn’t specifically saved for something like this, he feels like everything is working out like it should and for the best.

“Things happen for a reason,” Powell said. “God has continued to put people and opportunities in front of us, and I couldn’t ask for any more.”

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Sydney McDonald
2022-08-02 20:00:13
Boulder Daily Camera

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