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A local Bloomfield family-owned locksmith prepares to move across town – Boulder Daily Camera

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The long-standing, family-owned Bloomfield business is set to move later this year.

Jimmie Lock and Key was originally started by Jim Clay in 1982 and serves as Broomfield’s only local locksmith. The business will move from its home at 555 US 287 to the building behind Burger King off 120th and Main Streets.

Bill Powell, Clay’s son-in-law and current owner of Jimmy Lock & Key, said he came to work in early June and said the land was due to be a Kum & Go gas station. He said he found a sign from the property owner indicating that it was under consideration.

“I’m not one to wait around and see what the outcome is,” Powell said. “We immediately met with the landlord and agreed to move out.”

According to Broomfield Voice’s development proposal site, the Kum and Go gas station is still in the concept review stage. As such, the project has been submitted to Bloomfield City Council for consideration and approval.

The development review timeline at Bloomfield is about 36 weeks, according to Judy Hammer, the lead planner for the development. If the project has passed the initial concept her plan her review process, the next step requires the applicant to submit a formal development review application.

“We have to move out by November, but I didn’t want to miss the chance to wait,” Powell said. “We feel that everything happens for a reason. This is God’s work and we are doing what we feel He wants us to do.”

Powell feels lucky to claim the new location on 120th and Main Street for his business.

“It’s a fairly high-trafficking area, so I think it’s an opportunity to get more business,” Powell said. “Ideally I wouldn’t have made this move at this stage in my life, but we’re making it work.”

Currently located at 555 US 287 Bloomfield, Jimmy Locke & Key will soon be moving into a new home behind Burger King on 120th and Main Street. (Sidney McDonald/Staff Writer)

Powell’s stepfather built a locksmith business while caring for Powell’s mother, who had recently suffered an aneurysm and stroke. Powell’s mother, Joy Clay, didn’t let her health problems deter her from helping out in the family business, Powell said.

Powell said he worked to keep a “mom and pop” feel within the business after taking over the business around 1992. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the business had grown considerably. But when the pandemic hit, Powell said he scaled it back significantly.

“I’m really grateful that we’ve been able to stay in good shape during the pandemic,” Powell said.

As a business that has been loved and trusted by the Bloomfield community for decades, Powell and office manager Cindy Symansky said they weren’t short on hands to help.

“Many of our previous customers and other small businesses around town heard about the move and came to our aid,” says Shymanski. “I was overwhelmed by the amount of support that was provided.”

Powell says it’s still a slow move and they haven’t been specifically saving for something like this, but he feels like everything is going well.

“Things are for a reason,” said Powell. “God keeps putting people and opportunities before us. I couldn’t ask for more.”