Bayers Garten-Shop has been a family business for 81 years, spanning three generations.
ST. LOUIS – A popular nursery in south St. Louis and Imperial will be closing its doors permanently at the end of the month.
This was announced by Bayer’s garden shop his shop is being closed citing “dramatic increases in operating costs” along with a staff shortage.
The garden center has existed for 81 years. Bayer’s Garden Shop has a South City location along Hampton Avenue and an Imperial location on Old State Road.
“Bayer’s Garden Shop would like to thank you for choosing us for your gardening needs for over 81 years and 3 generations. So drop by with these unused gift cards, say goodbye and own a piece of Bayers Garden Shop history,” the company wrote in its note to customers.
The nursery was opened by the Bayer family in 1941 and has been family-owned ever since The Bayers Garden Shop website states.
The garden shop Announcement on Facebook unleashed a flood of memories, shock, support and sadness from the company’s supporters. As of Monday afternoon, there have been thousands of reactions, comments and shares.
“This is devastating news. I can’t imagine this neighborhood without you,” said one devastated customer.
“You’ve been an anchor in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood for as long as I can remember. We’ll miss you!” said someone else from the Southtown store.
“Some of my fondest memories are of being about 5 years old in 1985, running through the greenhouses at the Imperial site while my mother yelled at me to stop. Thanks Bayer for all the wonderful years!” commented another customer.
“This is so heartbreaking. I’ve been shopping here since I was in my 20’s. I’m in my 60’s now. I’m so sad,” added another loyal customer.
Bayer’s is open until June 30th.