May 6, 2020 | Red Deer, AB –  B.C. Greenhouse Nursery team-ups with Avison Young to create Pop-up Garden Shops “Glow Gardens” at 7 pop-up locations throughout Alberta & Saskatchewan; including Westerner Park.

Westerner Park will be opening its northwest and southwest gates on Thursday, May 7th to welcome guests on-site to access Glow Gardens. The pop-up garden shop will be set up in their West parking lot, guests can park on the north side of the west lot. Glow Gardens will be open 7 days a week, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm.

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A Matter of Survival: Alberta / B.C. Greenhouse Nursery team-ups with Avison Young to create Pop-up Garden Shops “Glow Gardens”

Businesses of all sizes have been working to survive throughout the current COVID times. In late March Darvonda Nurseries learned that its largest wholesale buyer would not be able to accept the majority of its season’s spring plant order.  Lawrence Jansen, the owner of Darvonda Nurseries, had to find a solution to sell up to 80 per cent of its annual vegetable and potting plants grown in Alberta and British Columbia or risk survival of its third-generation business.  Lawrence explained the situation to James Heaps, the head of M&A and business advisory services at Avison Young, and the ground work for a solution was put in place.

In four weeks, Lawrence alongside James Heaps, Hani Abdelkader and Travis McElroy at Avison Young worked on a plan that will see 7 pop-up locations throughout Alberta & Saskatchewan; “We worked with Lawrence to effectively create 7 businesses in one month” stated James Heaps.

“We believe we have a win, win, win solution; we win by working with communities and providing our product to our customers,  real estate owners win by gaining a short term solution with no additional cost, and fortunately, we now have a plan in place to help our business survive,” said Lawrence Jansen. 

“The support and rallying around business attitude we have seen has been unprecedented.  We need to thank the Tsuut’ina Nation, City of Calgary, City of Edmonton, City of Red Deer, and all the real estate landlords we have worked with for their help in navigating a different way of doing business” said Hani Abdelkader.

Products will be sold at wholesale cost which includes vegetable, flower bedding plants, and hanging baskets which were earmarked for garden centres at big box retailers.  The Pop-up Garden Shops will open and be located at;

  • May 1st: 14815 Bannister Road SE – Former Rona (Front parking lot)
  • May 2nd: 7516 Macleod Trail S – Former Part Source (Front parking lot)
  • May 5th: 1817 Crowchild Trail NW – McMahon Stadium (East parking lot)
  • May 7th: 3777 Grey Eagle Drive – Grey Eagle Casino (East parking lot)
  • May 7th: 4847A 19 Street, Red Deer, AB - Red Deer Westerner Park (West parking lot)
  • May 1st: 730 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert, AB – Former Rona (Front parking lot)
  • May (TBD): 503 Ruth Street, Saskatoon, SK – Prairieland Park  
  • When asked what other businesses can do James Heaps commented “COVID is challenging the survival of many Canadian businesses but at the same time businesses need to rethink how they operate, how to get their value proposition in front of consumers differently than in the past, and how to implement new ways of doing business that align with social distancing and health practices.   Our Avison Young advisory group has shifted to helping businesses survive and to see new opportunity for growth through new ways of doing business.”   

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    Avison Young Contacts
    James Heaps
    Senior Vice President M&A Business Advisory:
    Phone: 1.403.232.4309
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    Hani Abdelkader
    Principal Retail: 1.403.232.4321
    Phone: 1.403.232.4321
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