7/9/2009 7:45 PM
It is another sad, sad day for gardeners – “Smith & Hawken today announced it is closing its stores and liquidating the company. This liquidation process will occur over the next five to six months, which means we expect to phase out the business by the end of the year. The closure process, which is being managed by third-party consultants, begins with storewide sales on July 9. Store closures are expected to be completed by the end of the year. Orders via Smith & Hawken's Web site, catalog and call center will be discontinued effective July 9, and customers will be directed to purchase products at the stores. Smith & Hawken gift cards will be honored at the stores during the closure process. Smith & Hawken has 56 stores in 22 states and Washington, D.C.”
I used to love receiving the Smith & Hawken catalogs in the mail, but many of their items I found to be just too overpriced to consider purchasing. In the end, that’s probably what did them in. What’s even sadder is this reminds me of Garden.com by Garden Escape who I think pioneered selling fancy things for the gardener back in the late 1990’s on the internets. Oh well, such is the cycle of life, especially in today’s economy when folks are more interested in growing gardens for survival rather than trying to impress their friends with collections of fancy, useless doodads and gee-gaws.
Ironically, Smith & Hawken is owned by Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., the GIANT $3 billion chemical fertilizer, insecticide and herbicide company.
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