Gillmore Insurance celebrates 95 years of business

Gillmore Insurance employee Robin Souter with owner Jodie Lewis

Walking through the door at Gillmore insurance, one is greeted by owner Jodie Lewis and her assistant Robin Souter. Also three very friendly and cute puppies and a few large fish.

Gillmore Insurance has been a fixture in Yucaipa since July of 1922, when it was opened by Chester Gillmore of Forrest Falls. “Mr. Gillmore already owned a real estate business, so he opened the insurance agency to coincide with that,” said owner Jodie Lewis.

After about 45 years Chester was ready to retire and passed the business along to his son Richard Gillmore. Jodie Lewis, of Yucaipa, purchased the business in 1994 when Richard was ready to retire.

Lewis began in the insurance industry at 18 years of age. “I started as a file clerk and worked my way up the ladder to agent,” said Lewis. She now has 36 years of experience and knowledge in all aspects of insurance. Lewis has also been involved with many organizations in Yucaipa’s. She is a past president of the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce; a former Yucaipa board member for United Way, regional director and local chapter president of multi-state Western Insurance Agents Association and is a past president of the Joint Insurance Association.

Gillmore Insurance partnered with Danmar Insurance Services in 2014. “We wanted to be able to offer our customers more, have more pricing and product options,” stated Lewis. This partnership allows for a wider range of companies to be offered to the community.

Gillmore Insurance currently offers all lines of insurance, specializing in classic car insurance. They offer everything from automobile to mobilehome, life and business insurance.

“I am so grateful to be able to work and live in this wonderful community. I love the small town atmosphere and that I can see friends and clients out and about,” said Lewis.

On Friday, Oct. 27, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Gillmore Insurance will be hosting an open house and anniversary party with food and good times. “We are one of the oldest businesses in Yucaipa, some clients have been with us since the ‘50s and we just want to celebrate 95 years with the community!” exclaimed Lewis.

Gillmore Insurance is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.) and on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Appointments are available on evening and weekends.

The office is located at 34034 Yucaipa Blvd., Ste. 107.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 797-1141 or visit


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