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Old 04-24-2013, 08:06 AM
allinearth allinearth is offline
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Ric gave good advice and is spot on. Look for little things that give you a leg up. Buy staple items in wholesale in gallons and bump to 3 gallon. Split grasses and perennials etc. Try not to invest too much in any one area or crop. A small retail garden center may be the toughest business out there to be successful. And yes the big boxes are tough to overcome. People have a perceived notion that they will be cheapest and will not even give you a chance. They (boxes) get in during peak seasons, sell cheap then get out when sales aren't there having no inventory to upkeep. I've also heard that they make warranty claims fall back on vendors. Wouldn't that be nice.
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