[nafex] Stark Bros. Gone

Ginda Fisher ginda at concentric.net
Thu Jul 5 19:47:03 EDT 2001

I was sad when Stark Brothers was sold to the low-quality giant in
1999.  Stark was a solid reputable company, even if it did bring us the
Red Delicious apple.  I am sorry to hear it may now be gone for good. 
Still, perhaps that's better than turning into the Michigan Bulbs of the
nursery world.  And maybe we'll get lucky and it will be purchased by
someone who will run it well.  Do you suppose it was driven out of
business by Big Box R Us?  Or is it just a victim of a mismanaged parent

I guess this means I won't get a refund on my dead Nanking Cherry from
Gurneys.  I've never had something quite so dead shipped to me - just
dropped in a plastic bag.


Doreen Howard wrote:
> Foster & Gallgher, parents of the MySeasons umbrella which acquired Stark
> Bros. in 1999, declared bankruptcy on Monday, July 2.  The filing was for
> Chapter 11, because one of the companies in the group, Walter Drake, has a
> buyer.  The other companies, including Gurney's, Brecks, Henry Field, Spring
> Hill and Stark, will be dismantled and sold off in pieces for revenue to
> satisfy creditors.
> Sigh!
> Doreen Howard
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