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STRADER'S GARDEN CENTERS

Seeding Growth

A diverse range of lawn and garden products - and its own growing operation - have
made Strader's Garden Centers the go-to retailer in Columbus, Ohio. BY TIM O'CONNOR

A

lfred Barnett worked
part-time for Columbus, Ohio's Strader's
Garden Centers in the
mid-1960s when we joined the
military. He didn't return to Ohio
until 1968, but left enough of an
Alfred Barnett,
impression from his time with the general manager
company that owner Jack Strader www.straders.net
called him up to ask Barnett to Columbus, Ohio
come back to work full time.
In the 48 years since, Barnett, now the general
manager, has seen Strader's grow from a company
with two small garden centers to a major player in the
Columbus garden market. The business now operates
two wholesale centers and six large stores whose
300-vehicle parking lots are still not large enough to
handle the massive numbers of weekend customers.
Jack and Ruth Strader founded their namesake
garden center business in 1956. Strader's remains a
family business even after 60 years. Each of the couple's four children have been a part of the company
as it has grown throughout central Ohio - a sign of
its longevity and roots in the community.

Owners Jack and Ruth
Strader are opening a
third wholesale and
greenhouse facility
this fall to boost their
company's perennial
plant growing.

Diverse Products
Strader's began as a seller of home garden products,
primarily shrubbery and flowers. Today, the company's physical expansion is mirrored only by the breadth
of the items it carries. Strader's offers a full lineup of
landscaping and gardening supplies, lawn care products, mulches, fountains, pond suppliers, trees, flowers,
vegetables, lawnmowers and grills. "We're much more
diversified than the average garden center," Barnett
says. "When somebody comes into the store, most of
the time we've got the product they need."
Strader's is able to offer such a wide range of products in part because it operates its own wholesale
division and grows its own plants. Two wholesale
centers are located in Grove City and Powell, Ohio,
where Strader's cultivates annual flowers, vegetables,
garden mums and poinsettias for Christmas.
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