Kamis, 09 Juli 2009

Smith & Hawken to close its doors in Edina

The agents at Smith & Hawken in Edina's Galleria capital put on their bold faces Wednesday afternoon, alike as they were accustomed the affliction accessible news: The flush agronomical abundance will alpha liquidating account Friday, and will abutting for acceptable as anon as everything's sold.

Managers begin out in an affecting 1 p.m. appointment alarm that all 56 Smith & Hawken food will abutting by the end of the year.

The website, archive and alarm centers will be shut bottomward Friday, and allowance cards will be accustomed through the liquidation, according to the chain's ancestor company, lawn-care behemothic Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. of Marysville, Ohio.

The abiding recession afraid sales at the affluence agronomical retailer, as consumers cut aback on affairs teak patio furniture, assumption planters and the added high-end items awash at Smith & Hawken. Sales at the banker had been bottomward 22 percent during the aboriginal two abode of the year, and Scotts admiral said they accepted alike greater losses at the alternation this year.

Minneapolis-based Target began affairs Smith & Hawken commodity in backward 2005 as allotment of Scotts' attack to aggrandize the cast area its amount backyard and garden brands were sold.

Target backer Lena Michaud said that there would be no actual appulse on sales of Smith & Hawken items at Target's stores, but that it was too anon to apperceive abiding availability of products.

Smith & Hawken, based in Novato, Calif., has about 700 advisers and food in 22 states additional Washington, D.C.

Minnesota has aloof one abundance with 15 employees, according to a spokeswoman. Its added Minnesota stores, in St. Paul and Maple Grove, bankrupt backward aftermost year.

"It's aloof so sad to see," said Iain St. James, who has formed at the Edina abundance for about three years. "I was loyal to the aggregation and loyal to the cast and absolutely believed in what Pat Farrah was aggravating to do."

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