SANTA CLARA COUNTY — SummerWinds Nursery, a business with deep roots in Silicon Valley, is closing up shop in San Jose and Mountain View, the Boise-based chain announced Friday.
The retailer of high-end garden and nursery products said its San Jose location at 4606 Almaden Expressway will close in mid-September to make way for a new senior housing project. The Mountain View location at 805 Yuba Drive will close at the end of October, a decision the company said was being driven by “rising market rents.”
The company said it plans to maintain and invest in its remaining Silicon Valley stores.
“People come first. We are committed to our customers, team members, local growers and trusted retail partners,” said SummerWinds Nursery President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Benzing in a statement.
“We continue to invest in our stores in Campbell, Cupertino and Palo Alto, while we begin to close others,” he continued. “The three remaining locations are just a neighborhood or two away from our loyal customers, and many of our outstanding associates will relocate to our remaining stores.”
The Campbell location is located at 2460 S. Winchester Blvd., the Cupertino store at 1491 S. De Anza Blvd. and the Palo Alto store at 725 San Antonio Road.
Many of SummerWinds Nursery’s stores in Silicon Valley opened under the banner of Woolworth Nurseries in the 1960s and 1970s. Over the years, the company has offered its customers a “guarantee of success,” as well as supported local organizations ranging from Valley Verde to the Backyard Habitat at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.
“We share a bright future with this community,” Benzing said. “We will work to remain as a reliable community partner, a great place to work and the best places to find products our customers love.”
The closures aren’t the first for SummerWinds in Silicon Valley. A location in Sunnyvale was shuttered in 2014 when the property was sold to a hotel developer. Last year, the company also closed its Santa Clara store and opted not to renew its lease at Green Thumb Nursery in Los Gatos.
Published at Sat, 10 Jun 2017 06:14:00 +0000