‘Pawn Stars’: Why Rick Harrison Has Decided to ‘Slow Down’ in Recent Years

by Quentin Blount

Rick Harrison has entertained millions of fans over the years with his hit shows Pawn Stars and Pawnography. But he’s not going as hard as he once used to.

Pawn Stars, of course, is a show on the History Channel. As a matter of fact, at one point the show was the highest-rated show on the entire network. Not only that, but it also became the No. 2 reality show on all of television. The only show ahead of it was Jersey Shore.

Pawn Stars follows the daily activities that take place at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Watching the show has become somewhat of a pastime for millions of fans all over the world. We get to sit back and watch the staff interact with customers as they bring in all kinds of crazy items to pawn off. In addition to haggling back and forth over the price of the item, the show also takes a deep dive into each item’s historical significance.

Some of you youngsters out there may not remember, but Rick Harrison has been at this thing for a long time now. He and his father, Richard “Old Man” Harrison first opened up Gold & Silver Pawn Shop back in 1989. The store was run by Rick’s son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, and his childhood friend, Austin “Chumlee” Russell.

Rick Harrison has now spent more than 30 years in the business. But just six years ago, Harrison thought it may be time for him to slow things down. In a 2015 interview with CBS News, Harrison said that expected to continue with Pawn Stars and the spinoff Pawnography for another two years.

“I promised my wife that after two years I’m massively going to slow down,” he revealed at the time. “I can’t work 12 hours every day for too long before it burns out. So two more years and then I’m going to really slow down. The shop will still be around. The beautiful thing about my shop is that I get all my weird stuff.”

Is the ‘Pawn Stars’ Shop Still Open?

You may be wondering if the Pawn Stars shop is still open after reading that Rick Harrison has been slowing down his role. But despite not being a full-time employee any longer, the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is still open.

That’s right — you can actually visit the shop any day of the year except for Christmas and Thanksgiving. If you’d like to plan a visit sometime, the address is 713 S. Las Vegas Blvd in Las Vegas.

With that said, however, just visiting the famous Pawn Stars shop doesn’t guarantee that you will get to meet Rick or the rest of the guys. They do visit the shop occasionally for photos and autographs with fans, but the visits are typically at random.