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  • Your Financial Reality Check Starts With Your Store’s ‘Real Dollars’

    Your Financial Reality Check Starts With Your Store’s ‘Real Dollars’
    If IGC retailers want to make money as a successful business, then they must pay attention to the “real” dollars they have sitting in their garden center, according to garden center financial advisor Steve Bailey. His IGC Retail Conference track, “Fine-Tuning Your Store’s Finances: The Changes You Make Today Will Deliver More Dollars to Your Bottom Line,” focuses on financial strategies IGC retailers can implement via six all-new sessions at IGC East in Baltimore and IGC Chicago this summer....READ MORE
     
  • Pantone’s Marsala Color of the Year is Delicious for Spring!

    Pantone’s Marsala Color of the Year is Delicious for Spring!
    How could I not love Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala, named after a rich red wine? (I would have preferred that they call it Malbec, but you can’t have everything.) In honor of the importance of color, I have incorporated Pantone 18-1438 Marsala into a new header for my “Success Stories” e-newsletter that I send out monthly....READ MORE
     
  • Does Your Store Create a Shopping ‘Experience?’

    Does Your Store Create a Shopping ‘Experience?’
    We are all aware that IGC retailing is changing, but are you taking the appropriate steps to work with the changes? Many performance reports I see show the same pattern. Overall, in-store sales are down, gross profit is down, and average sale and average price are down whilst stock turn is up. This indicates we are drawing consumers in based on price....READ MORE
     
  • Coey Morris, Manager, Bennett Valley Gardens, Santa Rosa, CA

    Coey Morris, Manager, Bennett Valley Gardens, Santa Rosa, CA
    What is a typical day like for you? In the spring, I show up an hour before we open to finish pricing and get the store free of trip hazards. Then, we take at least 30 minutes to stage the front displays and clean the front entrance....READ MORE
     
  • K&W Plants Up Median & Wins Kudos from the Community

    K&W Plants Up Median & Wins Kudos from the Community
    As part of a citywide beautification initiative, K&W Greenery in Janesville, WI, plants up the median and frontage space in front of its store in spring, providing a scenic route for drivers on Highway 14....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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