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May 25, 2015
Pandy’s Garden Center Hit By Sophisticated Thieve…
Pandy’s Garden Center in Elyria, Ohio, was hit by three thieves who stole inventory and property amounting to tens of thousands of dollars in the peak season between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. The thieves were caught on camera (which was replayed on a local news station) but wore white jumpsuits that disguised their figures and face masks. They also redirected the camera to point to the sky before getting to work on taking inventory. Trees, plants and other inventory was stolen, as were tools and the store’s Econoline van, which police speculate was used to cart off much of the stolen inventory. What To Do If Your Store Is Robbed Reporting and recording are the first steps you should take to insure you are reimbursed through your business insurance and with the IRS, the Houston Chronicle says. Police reports go a long way to validating that you loss inventory and/or […]
May 22, 2015
AccuWeather Summer Forecast: Expect A Range Of Extremes
A continued drought in the West, higher moisture in the Southeast and above-normal temperatures in the North could have an effect on what your customers are buying.
May 22, 2015
Retailers Taking Steps To Deal With EMV As Deadline Loo…
The Oct. 1 deadline looms for retailers to be ready to accept chip-enabled Europay MasterCard Visa credit cards. According to the National Retail Federation, the costs of the new technology, coupled with banks’ plans to stick with signatures instead of switching to more secure PINs, have many merchants hesitant to make the move.
May 21, 2015
How To Hold A Successful In-Store Promotional Event
A successful event attracts customers and motivates employees. While boosting your business, it builds your reputation and sets you apart from other garden centers.
May 19, 2015
Shemin Nursery And Landscape Supply Patriarch And WWI V…
Nearly 100 years after Sgt. William Shemin pulled wounded comrades to safety on a World War I battlefield, his heroism has finally earned him the nation’s highest service medal.
May 18, 2015
Mother’s Day Was Strong For Many Garden Centers This Ye…
Despite threats (or true blasts) of inclement weather in some areas, Mother’s Day weekend set records in several areas. Check out what retailers across the country are reporting in terms of traffic, weather and how they are seeking to improve efficiency.
May 18, 2015
Merrifield Garden Center Co-Founder Robert Warhurst Pas…
Warhurst and his good friend Buddy Williams started Merrifield Garden Center in Northern Virginia in 1971, eventually growing it into one of the largest independent garden centers in the country.
May 18, 2015
Today’s Garden Center’s 2015 State Of The Industry Surv…
Input from garden center retailers about how your garden center is faring will be used to compare previous years’ health to our industry’s current performance.
May 12, 2015
How Moana Nursery Thrives In The High Desert [Slideshow…
By focusing on the rewards of gardening in arid Reno, Nevada, Moana Nursery weathered one of the worst-hit areas in the country during the recession.
May 11, 2015
Suntory And GrowIt! Garden Socially Partner On A New Se…
Three different contests will run from May through early August. Garden center retailers can upload their own photos or encourage their customers to enter and win.
May 8, 2015
National Retail Federation Addresses Concerns About EMV…
In a short video, NRF senior vice president Mallory Duncan weighs in on the status of new EMV chips in credit cards, what retailers need to know and whether the new cards are truly as safe as intended.
May 8, 2015
Martha Stewart Tops List Of Keynote Speakers At This Su…
An interview between Martha Stewart and IGC Show founder Jeff Morey will kick off the IGC East show in Baltimore, with a full slate of engaging speakers to follow at both IGC events.
May 5, 2015
Fun Things You Can Do Before Or After The GCA Tour
There's a lot you can add to your GCA calendar. From Summerfest, a huge music festival (think performances from a wide range of bands, like the Rolling Stones, Jane's Addiction, Zac Brown Band and Phillip Phillips) to a more relaxed Wisconsin Cheesemakers' And Wine Train, there are dozens of festivals and activities happening in Milwaukee in late June.
May 4, 2015
Scotts-MiracleGro Partners With Meijer To Open New In-S…
As part of a pilot program, retailer Meijer has announced it is partnering with Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts-MiracleGro to open 27 garden centers in existing Meijer stores across the Midwest, including 11 in Michigan.
April 28, 2015
Urban Garden Center Excels At Adapting To Its Community…
Located in New York City's Spanish Harlem, Urban Garden Center's customers need a store that reflects the needs of the neighborhood. This unusual garden retailers finds many ways to do just that.