BIZNOTE: West Seattle Nursery owner Mark Smith to retire

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Thanks to Todd for the tip! He forwarded this email announcement from West Seattle Nursery (5275 California SW):

After 35 years, Mark Smith, owner and founder of West Seattle Nursery, is retiring.

His last day on the job will be September 30th.

This business has come a long way from the Christmas tree lot where it began, back in 1984.

Mark has been a great boss and we will miss him. We hope you will stop by this month and wish him well.

We caught up with Mark Smith at the nursery this morning.

He confirmed the announcement and stressed that WSN customers will NOT see a change in operations – he’s working with staffers on a plan for them to take over the nursery. Meantime, he’ll be on the job for another month. Watch for word of a retirement celebration.

6 Replies to "BIZNOTE: West Seattle Nursery owner Mark Smith to retire"

  • HS August 31, 2019 (2:50 pm)

    Congratulations. You’ve built a great business and as a customer, I’m happy to read that stuffers will be taking over the business.

  • Mike August 31, 2019 (7:33 pm)

    A great West Seattle business!

  • Junction Lady August 31, 2019 (8:48 pm)

    Congratulations and thank you for the wonderful West Seattle Nursery-plants, bulbs, tools, soil, wreath-making, gifts and a wealth of information (just to mention a few standouts)!

  • Calires August 31, 2019 (10:40 pm)

    Thank you for building this wonderful business.  I am a horrible gardener and seem to never learn anything, but your staff is lovely and patient every time I come in to get something that I will eventually kill.

  • V. Michelsons September 1, 2019 (3:02 am)

    I remember your beginning on 35th avenue.  You have made a West Seattle business treasure.I could always get answers to my questions.  You will be missed.  enjoy your life in the future knowing you have helped many, many people bring beauty into their lives.V. Michelsons

  • September 1, 2019 (6:38 am)

    This has been a West Seattle Treasure for decades and the fact that it will now be run by the staffers is a wonderful example of what good caring businesses can do! I remember and am grateful for Mark allowing the 34th Democratic District to hold their annual fund raiser there for many years. It was a great and generous thing to do and required a lot of preparations from them to make that happen so well! A true community oriented business! You will be missed on site Mark! Thanks!

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