By Dave Harrison
Jan. 1, 2017, Toronto – The first garden centre in Red Deer, Alberta, Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre is one of two winners of the 2016 Retailer of Distinction Award from the Canadian Gift Association (CanGift).
The awards are based on criteria that are vital to retail success including visual merchandising and store design, business achievements, advertising and public relations and community involvement.
The awards will be presented during the Salute to Excellence Awards Reception, hosted by celebrity designer duo Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander at the Spring 2017 Toronto Gift Fair on Jan. 29.
“It is indeed an honour to have the Retailer of Distinction Award bestowed upon us by CanGift,” says Gloria Beck, owner of Parkland Nurseries.
“On behalf of our staff, this award has reinforced the great pride we have in the work we do. Whether it is finding those unique items or providing our loyal customers with the ultimate in customer service, this award has given us the inspiration to keep our standards high!”
LAUNCHED IN 1971
In 1971, Earl and Margaret Beck launched Parkland Nurseries – a seasonal nursery business of 40 acres – as a retirement hobby. In 1982, the business became a year-round operation encompassing greenhouses, a six-acre outdoor plant area, landscape design services and garden centre.
In addition, Parkland’s gift shop carries a vast array of giftware, home décor and fashion accessories including an extensive Christmas shop.
Over one million plants move through the greenhouses and six-acre outdoor sales area each year. Giftware and home décor, fashion, Christmas decorations and courses are ever growing the year-round nature of the business.