After 15 years in business, Emery’s Garden in the Seattle area will be shutting its doors later this year, the Snohomish County Business Journal reports.
Amy Tullis, Emery’s garden center director, blames the economy, poor 2011 weather and changing consumer gardening habits for the store’s demise. Tullis tells the paper that the economy led customers to buy plants from big boxes, although those same customes would come into the garden center for advice on caring for the plants.
The nursery and retail store will close by mid-December and perhaps earlier if a clearance sell empties the store more quickly, the paper says.
Emery’s Garden opened in 1996 when Emery Rhodes bought the nursery the Uyeda family who began operating the store in 1963, the garden center’s website says. Emery’s was visited by garden retailers on two ANLA Roadshow tours, one in 1999 and again in 2007.
Tullis tells the Business Journal that the site is unlikely to host another garden center. Sited on a busy intersection with a popular grocery store across the street, the land will likely be developed.
About 12 full-time employees will lose their jobs, along with 12 to 15 seasonal workers, the paper reports.