Pam's Trees now to open stand in Tioga Town Center

In this file photo, Haskell and Melanie Martin of Gainesville and their 17 month old daughter Sage wait for assistance after selecting their Christmas tree at Pam's Trees located in Thornebrook Village Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Pam's Trees will open a stand in Tioga Town Center this year.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.

Just in the St. Nick of time, the Tioga Town Center in Jonesville has offered Pam's Trees a place to sell Christmas trees this year after reading about the 21-year-old family business' struggles to find a new location.

The tree stand will set up near the stage area and playground behind the town center's businesses.

Dave Pigue, Pam's husband, said the business tentatively expects a shipment of trees on Wednesday.

“We'll be humping to get trees set up on Thanksgiving day,” he said.

Because of the late date, Pam's was able to arrange only a partial shipment of about 300

Fraser firs from the business's grower in North Carolina. The tree stand has sold about 1,500 trees a year in recent years. Pam's will not be able to get Scotch pine or blue spruce from Michigan this year.

Pigue said the shipment will allow the business to serve its regular, longtime customers who have reserved trees and to have some extra trees available on a first-come, first-served basis.

He said the business will continue to seek a new location with major road frontage for next year.

“There are 300 roofs in Tioga. If we get a decent clientele from that in addition to our regulars, it might be feasible to keep a space out there plus a space that might let us be commercial again,” Pigue said.

Pam's Trees was in Thornebrook Village on a trial basis last year after not being allowed to return to the nearby Marketplace Shopping Center anchored by The Fresh Market. The business was told in January it would not be allowed back at Thornebrook Village over merchant concerns that the trees blocked the public's view of the shopping center.

Since then, Pam's Trees was denied spots it inquired about in high-traffic areas and turned down offers for locations that did not have the traffic exposure operators said they needed to be worth their while.

Gil Levy, president of Tioga Town Center, contacted the Pigues after reading about the situation in a Nov. 3 Gainesville Sun article.

“We were actually on the lookout for a tree vendor that we could host as part of our holiday offerings for our visitors and guests and the community at large,” he said.

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