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Family-owned Linder's Garden Center to close after 103 years


The family-owned Linder's Garden Center is closing its doors forever.

The Business Journal reports the company operates its main garden center and greenhouse in St. Paul, but also runs a 52-acre production site in Lake Elmo and has 53 pop-up flower marts around the Twin Cities between April and July. Linders employed more than 1,000 workers this spring, including 50 full-time employees.

The Pioneer Press reports a late winter and cold spring cut into the company's bottom line. Dave Linder, third-generation owner of the business, said losing a line of credit and the slowdown from the recession were other factors that contributed to the decision to go out of business.

The 102-year-old business likely will be shut down by the first week in December. A 50 percent-off-everything sale has begun. "We will be having an orderly wind down of the business in the coming weeks," the company said on its website.

The business started when Albert Linder started delivering celery to restaurants in a horse-drawn wagon in 1910. Thirty years later, the family moved into the cut-flower business and later added bedding plants.

KSTP said the owners wanted to thank their loyal customers.

"Thanks so much to the community for all the support, and we're sorry we're not going to be here to beautify your backyards," Linder told the station.

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