Home Depot’s New Garden Center Model?

Home Depot will be selling Christmas trees come this November and assorted floral products this spring as it debuts its outside seasonal garden shop, providing all permits are obtained on schedule.

The Cape Cod Commission has already approved the plan.

Officials from the store appeared before the town’s site plan review board last week to display artist renditions and schematic drawings of the proposed 9,900-square foot incursion into the parking lot.

The garden shop will be enclosed by a removable 6-foot-high fence with direct access and egress from the parking lot via a checkout area located under a tent. There will not be access to the store from inside the garden shop.

Learn more about the seasonal shop from The Barnstable Patriot.

 

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14 comments on “Home Depot’s New Garden Center Model?

  1. It is discouraging the cape cod commission is allowing this expansion as it will certainly hurt the local garden centers who need all the help they can get.

  2. It is discouraging the cape cod commission allowed this expansion as it will hurt the local small businesses that need all the help they can get right now.

  3. boohoo, the poor local garden centers are the victim again. Here’s a thought, instead of pissing and moaning all the time, why not do something innovative and creative that will make your place attractive to customers?
    So tired of garden centers playing the role of victim.

  4. Ouch! I am guessing that your local garden centers do not support you and that you grow for box stores? Your point that we local garden center owners need to change what we don’t like rather than complain is correct. Your deliverance of this message lacks a lot as well as your attitude. Attitude is a choice. For the discouraged owner it is very difficult to stay positive when you see the way the plant industry is being devalued by box stores and mass growers willing to sell so cheaply to them. You need to adjust and educate. Change and competition is a good thing.

  5. Plant Industry Devalued-Be thankful to the box stores and the mass growers. They got the “masses” to be interested in plants. They sell product in proportion to the investment they have made in their greenhouses. I’m sure they aren’t in the business to lose money.
    Plenty of independents sell the same quality or less than the box stores. That is the shame, because it is self-inflicted. The opportunity for indies is great, but they have to make the investment into production, location (or becoming a location), and service in order to beat the box stores. The indies who have done it, are growing. There is plenty of room in the marketplace for both.

  6. As in any business it’s not competition that drives out business, it’s poor business management. The first sign of poor management is blaming competition.

  7. Why should any independent nursery worry anyway? The knowledge that the staff at almost any box store is slim to none. Reading a tag or sign about a plant isn’t good enough. We get plenty of customers who come to us when they have disease and bug problems. We also get customers who, when they do buy plants from box stores, come in and ask how to care for that plant. Knowledge is power. Customers appreciate the ones who know.

  8. It is discouraging the cape cod commission is allowing this expansion as it will certainly hurt the local garden centers who need all the help they can get.

  9. It is discouraging the cape cod commission allowed this expansion as it will hurt the local small businesses that need all the help they can get right now.

  10. boohoo, the poor local garden centers are the victim again. Here’s a thought, instead of pissing and moaning all the time, why not do something innovative and creative that will make your place attractive to customers?
    So tired of garden centers playing the role of victim.

  11. Ouch! I am guessing that your local garden centers do not support you and that you grow for box stores? Your point that we local garden center owners need to change what we don’t like rather than complain is correct. Your deliverance of this message lacks a lot as well as your attitude. Attitude is a choice. For the discouraged owner it is very difficult to stay positive when you see the way the plant industry is being devalued by box stores and mass growers willing to sell so cheaply to them. You need to adjust and educate. Change and competition is a good thing.

  12. Plant Industry Devalued-Be thankful to the box stores and the mass growers. They got the “masses” to be interested in plants. They sell product in proportion to the investment they have made in their greenhouses. I’m sure they aren’t in the business to lose money.
    Plenty of independents sell the same quality or less than the box stores. That is the shame, because it is self-inflicted. The opportunity for indies is great, but they have to make the investment into production, location (or becoming a location), and service in order to beat the box stores. The indies who have done it, are growing. There is plenty of room in the marketplace for both.

  13. As in any business it’s not competition that drives out business, it’s poor business management. The first sign of poor management is blaming competition.

  14. Why should any independent nursery worry anyway? The knowledge that the staff at almost any box store is slim to none. Reading a tag or sign about a plant isn’t good enough. We get plenty of customers who come to us when they have disease and bug problems. We also get customers who, when they do buy plants from box stores, come in and ask how to care for that plant. Knowledge is power. Customers appreciate the ones who know.

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