Stay-at-home orders are keeping garden centers busy

John McDevitt
May 24, 2020 - 1:18 pm

CLIFTON HEIGHTS, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A small family-run garden center in Delaware County is doing big business during the COVID-19 crisis.

With many people spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, sprucing up the lawn and garden has become a popular pastime.

"The business that we have had has probably doubled or tripled so we find our selves running out of things a lot easier," said Justin Longo, of Hillside Nursery in Clifton Heights, which was deemed an essential business.

He said support from the community has been incredible.

"They have really been trying to support the little guy which is nice, so we have been getting a lot of the overflow from some of the big box retailers," Longo shared.

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Meeting customer demand has been a challenge, according to Longo, but things are improving.

"It's been kind of a mad scramble trying to get product in, and in this business, it's no different than the grocery store or any other businesses that are relying on the supply chain channels," he explained, "so the supply chains for nurseries, like plastic bags for bagged mulch and things like that, it's a little bit strained right now. So we had some issues bringing some stuff in, but I think a lot of that backlog is starting to be cleared."

Longo said most of the products at the nursery are situated outdoors, allowing customers to socially distance a little easier.