Greenery Square retains plan for green market
Published: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 10:53 p.m.
Greenery Square owners still have plans for a green market and other compatible businesses despite losing their last and largest business recently when the Harmony Gardens nursery relocated.
Harmony Gardens is in the process of moving to 10100 NW 13th St. — on U.S. 441 north of Gainesville — after buying Angel Gardens.
Co-owner Doris Klemm said her business would be open Saturday at its new location, though she'll be unpacking for a couple more weeks.
Greenery Square owner Tom Dorn is on vacation and not available for comment, according to an employee at his Wine Warehouse business.
Tom Maratta, his partner in Green Market Properties in St. Augustine, said plans are still on to open a green market.
Green Market Properties bought the property in May. Greenery Square sits on four acres at NW 55th Street and Newberry Road, consisting of white buildings with green roofs surrounded by a white picket fence.
Dorn, who also owns Dorn's Liquors and a blueberry farm, previously told The Sun he plans to open an organic marketplace and is thinking about converting the former Artisan's Guild Gallery into a cafe.
"I see a butcher, a bakery, seafood market, produce, gourmet and organic deli, wines, etc.," he wrote in an e-mail.
He said he would need a change in the zoning — which currently allows lawn and garden equipment — to sell grocery items.
The Glikes family, who sold the property, also closed their stores Patio Designs and Garden Service and Sales. The Artisan's Guild Gallery moved in October.
Dorn previously had said the nursery figured prominently in the plan.
Klemm said she moved when her lease was increased by $15,000 a year, citing uncertainty about the square and her share of a large expected increase in property taxes.
"They wanted us to sign a three-year lease and the question for us was since we don't know what's going in there yet, do we want to blindly go in there," she said. "Before, we knew it was a good fit for us. Now we did not. We can own our own place, even though the location is not as good. There is development here."
Maratta said they'd be interested in another nursery.
"We're looking for people that want to be in there. If they've got a business that would be of a green nature."
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