Spring Hill Nurseries closing retail store

Several of its other operations will remain open, a city official said.

TIPP CITY — Spring Hill Nurseries is closing its retail store at 110 W. Elm St., but will maintain a presence in Tipp City, according to a prepared statement issued by the city.

“The city ... regrets that Spring Hill will be closing the garden center/retail store in Tipp City,” according to the prepared release sent by Jon Crusey, city manager. “ ... It is our understanding that the catalog sales, grow operations, offices and test farm will continue to operate in Tipp City.”

Spring Hill officials did not return several calls requesting comment. Its parent company, Lawrenceburg, Ind.-based Gardens Alive, declined comment.

It was not immediately clear exactly when the store will close.

Tipp City’s statement alluded to difficult business decisions having to be made in the current economic environment. “We hope that when the economy recovers, Spring Hill will re-examine this aspect of their business plan to again utilize this asset.”

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Spring Hill, founded in 1849 in Dayton by Bavarian immigrant Peter Bohlender, closed in 2001 after its then-parent company, Michigan-based Foster & Gallagher, ran out of money. The closing left 150 full-time employees and hundreds of seasonal workers without jobs.

Spring Hill Nurseries was sold to Gardens Alive later that year, and reopened in 2002. It had been Gardens Alive’s only retail location.

In November 2008, Spring Hill employed 550 people full- and part-time at the Tipp City location.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-7457 or bsutherly@DaytonDailyNews.com.

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