Not quite 30 years after opening, Denning’s Greenhouse & Garden Center is closing.
“With us, it’s really mixed emotions for sure because it’s our baby,” says Jim Denning, who started the business with his wife, Becky, in 1991.
“We started it and nursed it for 27 years.”
He says they’re at retirement age. Instead of growing roses, Denning says it’s time to stop and smell them.
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The business is on almost three acres at 10707 W. 21st St., which is across from the Applebee’s near 21st and Maize Road.
Denning let customers know via Facebook this week.
“It’s not easy,” he says. “I had a real problem pushing that send button when I made that Facebook post, but life goes on, I guess.”
The Dennings are closing at a time their business is growing.
“Business is growing every year,” Jim Denning says.
Someone made an offer for the property, which is in the busiest retail corridor on the west side.
“We’ve been getting some offers on it, and we finally decided to accept one,” Denning says.
He won’t say who the buyer is.
“It’s not a greenhouse. I can tell you that.”
The Dennings are now selling the contents of their business, including greenhouse structures.
By early 2018, the business will close for good.
Denning says customers are starting to find out and are reaching out to him and his wife.
“Over the years, it just seems like we’ve become friends with most of them.”
He says a lot of people seem to be disappointed the business is closing, “But they’re happy for us.”