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Smith & Hawken to close all stores

July 9, 2009 |  2:31 pm

SmithhawkenBloomberg News is reporting that Smith & Hawken stores will close by the end of this year:

“The combination of a weak economy and the lack of scale proved too great to overcome,” Jim Hagedorn, chief executive of parent company Scotts Miracle-Gro, said in the statement. “By eliminating the losses from Smith & Hawken, we can invest even further in driving profitable growth.”

Storewide sales in the chain of 56 shops in 22 states will begin today, the company said.

-- Craig Nakano

Photo: A notice announcing the chain's closing is posted on its website.