Well-known lawn and garden center to close after more than half a century in business

Holcomb Garden Center (Image: WTVC)

It's the end of an era.

After more than half a century in business, a well-known lawn and garden business is closing up shop.

The owners of Holcomb Garden Center say going out of business does not mean the areas they serve are shrinking. It actually means they are growing.

Sales and foot traffic are steady, according to Holcomb's owners.

Situated in busy parts of Hixson and Ft. Oglethorpe, they say other businesses, have been bidding for their spots for years.

Now, they're giving them that chance.

"I thought they were just having a big sale and when they said they're going out of business, I was really surprised," said Vince Hickey, a longtime customer.

After 52 years of helping Hixson and Ft. Oglethorpe gardeners find their green thumb, Holcomb's is going out of business.

"The first day we were going out of business, it reminded me of a funeral," said Tim Holcomb, one of Holcomb Garden Center's owners.

He says they aren't closing because business is bad.

Instead, its because he was reaching retirement age and somebody drove a hard bargain to take over the spaces.

"People have approached me for the last 10 years. This area has been growing quite considerably," said Holcomb.

According to a Hamilton County planning commission staff report D & G Acquisition applied to have the building at 5513 Highway 153 rezoned.

Now, it's unclear when the company will officially set up shop and what happens after that.

"They see another purpose for this land besides a garden center. I don't know what that'll be but it wont' be a garden center," said Holcomb.

When both locations close, roughly 50 people will need new jobs.

"Its kind of a sad situation, but at the same time, the time I've been here, I've enjoyed it," said Todd Edwards, who has worked at Holcomb Garden Center for two years.

Edwards is planning on expanding his landscaping business, once the stores close.

Store owners say they've been helping employees find jobs.

"They have been like family. We look forward to the time where we cross paths again," said Holcomb.

Holcomb Garden Center's last day in business is June 29th.

Tim Holcomb says he's looking forward spending his newfound free time with his children and grandchildren.

Holcomb's may be closing up shop, but their longtime radio show won't stop.

Holcomb Garden Talk will continue to air on a regular basis.

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