Why are so many floral shops going out of business?

News from WDBJ7:

ROANOKE, Va—



The floral industry isn’t exactly blooming these days.

According to the Society of American Florists, there were 25,617 floral shops in America in 1998. 

By 2009, that number dropped to 17,493, a difference of 8,493. 


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It is estimated another 4,000 floral shops will close nationwide in the next two years.

We’re told 3 floral shops have gone out of business in Roanoke in the past year.

Floral shops say the downturn in the economy, increased competition from the internet, and big box chains are the reasons for so many closures.

Stores like Walmart and Kroger can sell flowers at cheaper prices because they buy so much volume.

Jim Taetz owns Crystal Orchid Flower Shoppe in downtown Roanoke.  He told News 7, “You don’t compe……………. continues on WDBJ7

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