Those of you who are Lesco customers by now have probably read the letter from Deere that was sent out last week. It outlined four basic points: 1) That all Lesco motorized stuff ( they emphasized the mowers) were all gradually, within the next month of two, going to be shipped over to the nearest Deere dealer. 2) That the parts, service and warranty for Lesco equipment was now being handled by Deere. 3)That the only pieces of Lesco mowing equipment that Deere is interested in keeping in production, because of "public outcry", are the walk behinds. (I'm guessing they mean BOTH gear and hydro....?) And... 4) Lesco, as a result of this action by their 'parent' company, is now letting go of their mechanics. And Deere is being encouaged to interview them. But the question lingers now: Will Lesco stores survive after the mowers, and the mowing people, leave? I have seen a lot of times that the local stores has had dust on the mowers at times, but that didn't necessarily mean that they didn't draw mowing crews in. They got quite a bit of draw of people in for things like 2 cycle oil, trimmer line, spools, blades, filters, etc for all kinds of mowers and trimmers. And then, of course, they'd be able to sell the foremen, (licensed or not) jugs of Roundup, a bag or two of weed & feed, wasp spray, a pump sprayer, seed or whatever. And because these foremen were not the 'price sensitive, BIG ' customers in the fertilizer /seed (etc) area, I'm sure Lesco had their way with them on price! If they're to survive, where will they go to replace that business? Internet? Retail?