Business Overview

This west suburban greenhouse nursery and garden center started in 70’s and specializes in home-grown annuals, perennials, planters, vegetables, herbs, and more. The target markets are primarily local and high-end residential consumers.

This business is located on a well-travelled highway with access to customers who have plenty of disposable income. They have a very loyal customer base and continually add new customers through word of mouth and their marketing campaigns.

There are 4 people that work year-round including the owner and there are 10 other part-time employees that help as-needed depending on the season.


  • Asking Price: $550,000
  • Cash Flow: $202,653
  • Gross Revenue: $1,042,631
  • FF&E: $166,915
  • Inventory: $120,000
  • Inventory Included: N/A
  • Established: 1980

Detailed Information

  • Property Owned or Leased:Own
  • Property Included:N/A
  • Building Square Footage:48,000
  • Lot Size:N/A
  • Total Number of Employees:12
  • Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment:N/A
About The Facility:

8,100 Sq ft barn/office, 40,000 sq ft of Dutch, glass greenhouse. 20 acres.

Is Support & Training Included:

The sellers are committed to a smooth transition and will provide training.

Purpose For Selling:

After 30+ years in the business the owner is considering retirement.

Pros and Cons:

This business primarily competes with big box retailers. Their competitive distinction for this business are their home-grown, quality products, a larger variety of plant material, and the experience of visiting a large, beautiful greenhouse and garden center.

Opportunities and Growth:

Offering some additional products and value-add services to retail consumers. Offering wholesale material to landscapers, property managers, etc. Expanding e-commerce.

Additional Info

The venture was established in 1980, making the business 42 years old.
The deal won't include inventory valued at $120,000*, which ins't included in the suggested price.

The business has 12 employees and is situated in a building with approx. square footage of 48,000 sq ft.

Why is the Current Owner Selling The Business?

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Existing Debts and Future Obligations

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Understanding the Customer Base, Competition and Area Demographics

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