Pawn Stars

Sea­son 13 His­tory (*186) 20:15 Life­style

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 7 MARCH -

Rick Har­ri­son, his dad “Old Man” Richard and son Corey, along with Corey’s friend Chum­lee, are the faces of re­al­ity show Pawn Stars (2009-cur­rent), but the real star of the se­ries is their shop. Here are some fast facts on the World Fa­mous Gold & Sil­ver Pawn Shop…

1 The se­ries only films in the pur­pose-built “show shop” – there’s an en­tirely dif­fer­ent sec­tion where the ac­tual pawn busi­ness is run.

2 There’s also a hid­den gym that Rick built in 2011 for the ex­tra 30 staff mem­bers he had to hire to cope with the 1 000 cus­tomers a day on the set. Be­fore the show started, he was only get­ting “about 70 clients ev­ery day”, but now the main pawn­shop and the set are vis­ited by an av­er­age of 4 000 cus­tomers daily.

3 The build­ing has been re­mod­elled 10 times by the Har­ri­son fam­ily since they opened their doors in 1988 – the most ex­pen­sive was the $400 000 (R5.2 mil­lion) over­haul for Pawn Stars.

4 The busi­ness’s store­room holds about 15 000 pawned items at any given time – it’s the same size as the main store: 1.25km2.

5 You won’t find Rick and the show stars in the main store if you visit. They’re too busy film­ing in the set store from 6am to 5pm daily.

6 Keep an eye peeled for prod­uct place­ment around the show. The pro­duc­tion crew of­ten puts Sub­way sand­wiches in scenes with Chum­lee, for ex­am­ple (Sub­way is a show spon­sor).

7 And open while“24 hours­the shopa day,”is of­fi­ciallysays Rick, that’s not en­tirely ac­cu­rate. “The main floor op­er­ates from 9am to 9pm seven days a week. Any other time, we have a buy/pawn/sell win­dow that’s lit­er­ally just a win­dow.”

The Pawn Stars team (from left): Rick, Chum­lee, Corey and “The Old Man).

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