Long-time garden center in Bear to close its doors; site could become Lidl store


Countryside Garden Center in Bear is holding a liquidation-retirement sale beginning later this week.

“We are closing our doors forever. All our merchandise, store fixtures, furniture company trucks, front loader, forklift, tools, cash registers, shelving, and other store equipment must be sold,” owner Keith Harris wrote in an Emai to customers.

The business will hold an invitation-only sale to customers on its Email list beginning on June 6th and running until the 12th. The store will be open to the public after that time.

A New Castle County sign indicates that the Countryside site is a possiblelocation for German discount grocer Lidl. The countryside location has traffic signals that allow for left and right-hand turns on Route 40, a necessity for a grocery store.

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“This sale is initiated only after careful consideration. It is our way of thanking you for 27 wonderful years of business and friendship. We are looking forward to seeing you take advantage of these savings, while at the same time accomplishing our goals,” Harris wrote.

Countryside has been a go-to garden center in the Bear-Glasgow area offering garden items much of the year and Christmas trees in November and December. On weekends its parking lot is often filled.

According to the company’s website, Harris started out with a lawn mowing service and after operating a landscaping company opened Countryside.

Competition has increased over the years with both Lowe’s and Home Depot opening stores with garden centers.

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