May 9, 2007

Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself Workshops

Just in time for Mother’s Day, The Home Depot has partnered with National Gardening Association to promote Do-It-Herself Workshops for women. One concept that debuted Monday was “Building Relaxation: Creating Backyard Retreats.” How-to projects include building a natural stepping-stone walkway, creating entryways with arbors, trellises and gates; adding water features; and choosing seating options, such as benches, bistro sets and hammocks. For more information on these workshops marketed to women, visit: http://www.homedepotclinics.com/dih/?utm_source=DIH_MAY07_NGA

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May 2, 2007

Plants At Work Will Change Name

Plants At Work, an organization that promotes the value of plants in the workplace and at home, will change its name in the coming months because of trademark issues. Supporters of the program say the change may actually help increase funding opportunities and gain the organization non-profit status. The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) has agreed to match the funds needed to apply for non-profit status. For more information, visit: http://www.plantsatwork.org

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April 4, 2007

Petitti’s Grand Opening

Petitti Garden Centers celebrated the opening of its newest location in Avon, Ohio, last week, which transformed a family fun park into a first-class destination garden center with unique features. This leading grower retailer also received our sister magazine Today’s Garden Center’s Revolutionary Retailer award. For details, visit http://www.todaysgardencenter.com/blog/page.php?page=news#avonstore

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March 21, 2007

Pike Changes At The Top

Randy Pike announced yesterday he is assuming new responsibilities as vice chairman of Pike Family Nurseries, a 28-store chain based in Norcross, Ga. He was chief operating officer and president but his new responsibilities will be focusing on customer relationships and marketing initiatives. Our own Jennifer Polanz, managing editor of Today’s Garden Center, has the scoop at http://www.todaysgardencenter.com/blog/page.php?page=news

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February 28, 2007

Whole Foods Reaps Wild Oats

Whole Foods Market just purchased competitor Wild Oats Markets for $565 million, adding 110 stores to Whole Foods. Both are natural-foods grocers that appeal to a trendier, upscale, enlightened and environmentally conscious clientele. Do you sell plants to Whole Foods, Wild Oats or kindred spirit Trader Joe’s? If so, we’d like to know which products and programs have been successful for you and how they compare with more traditional supermarket retailers. Drop us a line at: [email protected]

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February 28, 2007

America In Bloom Registration Closes Today

Today is the deadline for communities of all sizes to participate in the 2007 America In Bloom (AIB) competition. So far, there are about 30 cities, 14 of which are new to the program and will expand AIB’s reach to Arizona and Nevada for the first time. Sixteen states will be represented in this year’s competition. What a great opportunity to cultivate and assist the towns in your local markets. Check out this year’s participants at: http://www.americainbloom.org/Articles/?categoryId=17&ArticleId=837

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January 24, 2007

Tesco Targets 300 Sites For Grocery Stores In Southern California, Las Vegas, Phoenix

Tesco aims to open some 300 small grocery stores in Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix and is prepared to spend as much as $2 billion over five years on the effort. Tesco USA Chief Executive Tim Mason said his management team was negotiating for 300 sites, although “not all will get opened,” The Los Angeles Times reported late last year. The first stores will open in the second half of next year, and the pace of development will pick up as Tesco gets its distribution network operational, Mason said. He said many more stores could follow. “If this is successful, this is a very big country,” Mason said at the public opening of the company’s U.S. headquarters in El Segundo. Tesco has kept secret most of the details of its launch — which focuses on Southern California and the Southwest — out of fear that rival grocers will develop […]

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January 17, 2007

The Home Depot Introduces Eco Options

The Home Depot has introduced a new product line, called Eco Options, designed to highlight environmentally-friendly products to its consumer base. Three of the categories included in the launch are “Healthy Home,” “Clean Air” and “Clean Water,” all of which sound like a natural fit for our industry. For example, Phase One of the program includes a line of organic herbs and veggies from Bonnie Plant Farm. According to longtime Depot buyer and hort industry consultant Vinny Naab, Bonnie Plant Farm is to participate in the eco-options program from March to June in select Home Depot markets with one SKU of these Organic products. . According to Depot VP in charge of environmental projects Ron Jarvis, “Although it is a natural fit, there is not a standard that highlights environmental benefits between live plants.” While Jarvis is clear in stating that “In the short term the Eco Options program will […]

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January 3, 2007

Embattled Depot CEO Nardelli Resigns

Robert Nardelli Resigns as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Home Depot and Is Succeeded by Frank Blake  ATLANTA, Jan 03, 2007—The Board of Directors of The Home Depot and Bob Nardelli announced today that they have mutually agreed that Nardelli would leave his position as The Home Depot’s chairman, president & CEO and as a Director effective January 2, 2007. Frank Blake, the Company’s current vice chairman of the Board of Directors and executive vice president succeeds Nardelli, effective immediately. The Home Depot’s Board said, “We are very grateful to Bob for his strong leadership of The Home Depot over the past six years. Under Bob’s tenure, the Company made significant and necessary investments that greatly improved the Company’s infrastructure and operations, expanded our markets to include wholesale distribution and new geographies, and undertook key strategic initiatives to strengthen the company’s foundation for the future. The Home Depot […]

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