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Old 09-12-2005, 06:45 PM
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Throwing around the thought.

Hey guys! Though not new to the industry, I have been throwing around the idea of opening a small nursery and supply yard. I currently have the opportunity to acquire a small piece of property with a storefront for a farm stand, with parking for my trucks and still a nice sized yard to stock materials and nursery material.

Are there special licenses required for a nursery? Also, how did most of you guys start out, as far as suppliers and receiving a big enough discount in order to stay competitive with your prices?

Thanks in advance for any input that you may have!
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Old 09-14-2005, 08:18 AM
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Depends on your state for liscensing. In Pa it is pretty easy to get one and not very expensive at all. Other than that just your tax #. We have found that a yard itself is OK to have but its real value is to your landscaping crews. Use the yard as a large support structure for your crews. Make sales to the public as well because it will greatly increase your visibility with customers. When expanding into something like this the most important aspect is "synergy". Margins go up and demand increases
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Old 09-14-2005, 08:23 AM
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as far as discounts go, it is not really that much of an issue. There are great deals everywhere and you dont have to buy like a HD to get them. Our strategy is to get a cost material+shipping and then mark it up a percentage across the board. Retail customers will always bargain hunt and you cannot compete with a HD on price so you have to give them a reason to shop there other than price. We use atmosphere unique material and experinced sales staff to accomplish this.

Hope this helps
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:09 AM
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Grow your own. small green houses and a transpant and you can have thing ready to go in 3 yrs. not big but it keeps the price down and gives employees something to do in the winter. + sell christmas trees CHEAP. Anything to keep them coming in yr rd helps. The lisc are not to hard to get or expensive unless you start shipping We can but most of out planting materials from the county ag dept. once a yr they sell seedling and its a great way to start.
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Old 10-22-2005, 04:06 PM
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The thing is, it may be hard to sell to other landscapers because they may view you as competition, which you are.

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