Open (again!) for Business
Note from Alison and Jose, February 21st, 2017
We have been so delighted to see old and new customers back at City People’s Garden Store!
Though many people followed our dramatic liquidation at the end of 2016 and subsequent re-opening in February 2017, a large number of customers still come in surprised and baffled, so here is the latest update:
As it stands now, we are operating at the original 2939 East Madison Street site through the end of 2017. We signed an 11-month lease with the developers to remain here while they continue to rework their design and development of the site. They still plan to break ground in 2018 and build something entirely new. In the meantime, as new owners (but longtime employees of City People’s Garden Store) we are learning the ropes, building our capital, and actively looking to find a site to relocate to in the central/south Seattle area by the time our lease is up.
Indoor spaces are plenty, but finding appropriate outdoor space for a nursery is challenging. We are looking at sites from 15,000
25,000 sq. ft. In general, the site would be 1/3 indoor to 2/3 outdoor, with load zones for truck deliveries, water service, and parking. We remain hopeful that 2017 will bring some new prospects and ideas from our community. Please contact us if you have any leads! We will now double down on our efforts to find a new home for City People’s Garden Store.
Alison Greene & Jose Gonzales
City People’s Garden Store was in operation since 1988. In 2016, the property was sold to developers who were set to break ground in 2017. The store prepared for closure. But the development was stalled and two employees, Alison Greene and Jose Gonzales decided to buy the business and were able to lease the same space from the developers while they looked for a permanent site for a new City People’s Garden Store. Alison and Jose are the new owners, but aren’t really “new”! Jose has been working at the Garden Store since 1998 as the Annuals Buyer, and Alison started in 2003 and became a Manager and Tree & Shrub Buyer. They understand the cycle of the business and daily operations and know many of our customers personally. We adore our staff and will have many of the same employees here. We will have many of the same vendors supplying us with the same quality plants and goods.
From Alison & Jose: We are thrilled and humbled by this project we are taking on. We strongly feel we wouldn’t have gotten this far without your support and love, as well as the amazing confidence of our co-workers.
Having the community rooting for us throughout 2016 was a great motivator. We love what we do here at City People’s Garden Store, and we care very deeply about how we operate: natural and organic, an emphasis on nurturing and growing, open communication and respect, and a true joy of plants that we share with you.
Thank you for being the BEST CUSTOMERS a business could ask for. We can’t wait to see you this season!