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  • Your Store Displays Need a ‘Reset’ Every Three Weeks

    Your Store Displays Need a ‘Reset’ Every Three Weeks
    Don’t wait to reset an area of your store until you can do everything you want to do. Reset every three weeks - no matter what. Keep a merchandising notebook (not a loose sheet of paper) to record major projects like painting or redoing lighting. Then, schedule a project planning meeting to set dates and budgets for major projects....READ MORE
     
  • Don’t Let Customer Boredom Set In! Change It Up

    Don’t Let Customer Boredom Set In! Change It Up
    There are many articles and books that describe retail as theatre, comparing the sales floor to a stage where you entertain your customers. The challenge is: How do you keep your customers entertained? Then, how long can you keep them entertained until they get bored?...READ MORE
     
  • Barn Nursery’s Holiday Open House Triples November Weekend Sales

    Barn Nursery’s Holiday Open House Triples November Weekend Sales
    Customers are transported to a winter wonderland at The Barn Nursery’s Christmas Open House, now in its third year and scheduled for the first Saturday this November. Owners Jim and Cindy Webster saw the opportunity to extend profits beyond the busy spring selling season by launching the special event....READ MORE
     
  • Ever-Changing

    Ever-Changing
    Whether for its high-end established clientele or young families just getting started in decorating their homes, Rountree Plantation Greenhouse & Garden Center, on 4 acres near downtown Charlotte, designs its displays to appeal to a broad range of tastes and budgets....READ MORE
     
  • If Even Just One Customer is Unhappy, You Want to Hear About It

    If Even Just One Customer is Unhappy, You Want to Hear About It
    In a recent study of 2,500 consumers, about half of those surveyed reported having an issue during a shopping venture, and 81 percent of these less-than-satisfied consumers did not reach out to the retailer regarding the concerns....READ MORE
     
 
News and Opinions
  • Big Things In Store

    August 17, 2012

    New ideas, new products, new excitement at IGC 2012 - you’ve never seen anything like it! Spring sprang - and sprang big. Now garden center owners, managers and staff are making big plans

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  • ‘It Was Awesome,’ Say IGCs of the Season that Broke Records

    July 20, 2012
    Spring’s early arrival across the country, along with consumers’ willingness to open their wallets, made for a sunny selling season for many this year. “Weather-wise, it was awesome; sales-wise, it was awesome,” says Peter Bowden, Garden Expert and Public Relations for Hewitt’s Garden Centers, NY, ranked No. 49 in IGC Retailer’s 100 report with $10.4 million in sales....

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