AKRON, Ohio — An Akron staple is calling it quits after 66 years of business.
Donzell's Garden Center on Monday announced plans to close this summer, citing falling sales and traffic as the reason.
"While the company has enjoyed healthy business during the spring & holiday seasons, the summer and fall seasons have become increasingly quiet and financially this location has fallen below acceptable levels," a news release issued Monday states. "A contributing factor to the poor performance has been isolation from other specialty stores to increase needed store traffic. In addition, garden centers depend on new housing starts to fuel their growth and there has been minimal growth in this area."
Donzell's spent 66 years in business at its Waterloo Road location. According to the release, liquidation sales will begin "sometime in June," though an exact closing date hasn't been determined.
The store will post its liquidation sale hours and policies on its Facebook page beginning June 21.
The release also says the store failed to rebound after the 2007 recession, while other retailers were able to return to their pre-recession traffic and growth.