Meets1 I am at the same place as you are. I have run garden centers in the past (1983-1996). The last 13 years was spent 3 years as a maintenance manager for a local garden center landscape company, and 10 years on my own. I am at the stage that I am running 2 crews plus my truck that I fertilize 2 days a week and work with a crew or biz operations on the other days. I am having to think about another property for employee parking and equipment storage. The biggest thing I'm finding is property cost. But I am looking for 2-5 acres. The GC biz is down like the guys said due to the box stores, but i still feel it is a viable business IF you provide the services. So if your like me you either find a location to be able to expand my current operations with a major store front or jump in with both feet and retail as well. The little guy around here only gets the small landscape jobs because they give the credibility to the big businesses with the "store front" Other wise they look at all of us as every guy with a truck and trailer.