Retail
A picturesque village in Central Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Hunter River has all the amenities that rural villages require.
In most sectors, spring is associated with new beginnings. We clean, we purge and we get ready for the main event – summer.
Scott’s Nursery, a growing concern in Lincoln, N.B., with five acres of greenhouses, covers all the bases when it comes to tracking down the latest trendy products and plants.
What’s billed as the first national trade show in the U.S. targeted specifically to independent garden centres and their vendors will debut this summer.
Changing weather patterns have created some new realities on how and when we do business. On the West Coast, March has become another month of winter, being replaced by June in terms of sales. Summers have become warmer and drier, shifting more folks outside and into patio living.
No other sector of the gardening industry has been the brunt of more jokes than garden accents. Whether it’s the kitsch of pink flamingos, garden gnomes or a tasteful and heated birdbath, outdoor accents truly communicate the personality of the gardener.
A wide selection of water garden pond systems are available that are well suited for the do-it-yourself garden centre operator, says Perry Molema with Aquascape Designs in Woodbridge, Ontario. “Our aim is to sell pond kits that work as a balanced eco-system. It’s more than just a pond.”
We have all heard that old business complaint that “the competition is killing me.” But have you ever asked yourself just who is this competition and how are they specifically hurting your livelihood?
Last fall, my father discovered Meercats on the Animal Channel. This is a weekly series, complete with storyline, devoted to an African colony of animals that look like prairie dogs.
The Reusable Pallet & Container Coalition (RPCC) recently launched a study examining the economic benefits and enhanced supply chain visibility that can be achieved through RFID technology and multi-use tags in reusable transport packaging.
Quebec gets two new RONAs.  Retail giant, RONA, recently opened its 14th and 15th big-box style stores for Quebec, giving them a total of 72 such stores across the country.
Griffin’s Greenhouses, a small family-run garden centre/grower operation just outside of Peterborough, Ont., celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. By all standards, three decades in business is a significant achievement. But, in a retail world now dominated by box stores and the “convenience factor,” this accomplishment is even more impressive.
Garden centre retailing is one of the most demanding environments for inventory management. Displaying in a greenhouse or an outbuilding presents unique challenges. Bright sunlight fades packages and tags, dust gives products a somewhat aged look, and, of course, moisture can make merchandise look weathered – none of which are too alluring to a prospective purchaser.
According to retailers in the U.S., the average yearly sales per square foot should be $340.  Some businesses obviously exceed this, working on an average that exceeds $700 a square foot.  To convert this, it means that you should be achieving $2,500 to $6,500 per square metre.
As interest in container gardening continues to climb, some garden centres and nurseries in Atlantic Canada are modifying their operations to follow the fad. Consumers are drawn to container gardening and pre-planted pots for several reasons – versatility, less weeding, portability and a faster bang for the buck.

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