Sad news. After nearly a decade, the Co-op’s Westside Garden Center will close on November 5th, 2023.
There will be a closing sale at the Westside Garden Center the entire month of October to drastically reduce our inventory before closing. Items throughout the Garden Center will be priced to sell and we encourage you to stop by throughout the month to get amazing deals on gardening goods.
Since 2014, the Garden Center has strived to promote food production, encourage home gardening and food preservation, improve local food security, and encourage a hands-on relationship with the earth. It has been an honor and privilege to serve our membership in this way. We have loved supporting you in your amazing and inspiring garden efforts.
However, due to the Co-op’s commitment to offering fair prices to our members and fair wages to our workers, the Garden Center has never been able to make enough money to cover its operating costs and has operated at a loss these past 9 years despite our best efforts. After long and careful deliberations, the Staff Collective has concluded that closing the Westside Garden Center is the best choice for our organization.
We will be moving as much product as possible back into the Westside Co-op with EBT-eligible plants and seeds receiving top priority. Our hope is that this move will help increase access to garden supplies rather than decreasing it, as members will no longer need to be available during the garden center’s limited open hours.
We are so grateful for the support and business the Garden Center has received from our wonderful community over the years. We look forward to this opportunity to find new and better ways of helping you with your gardens. Thank you