Drought affecting businesses that sell plants

BIRMINGHAM, ALA (WIAT)- Businesses that sell plants are seeing a big decline in sales with the ongoing drought and water restrictions.

Owner of Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery, Charlie Thigpen, says in the last month his plant sales have dropped about 70%.

Thigpen has owned the store with his wife for 7 years.

“This is the worst I have seen the drought. I have been in the industry for 30 years and this is the worst year I have ever seen,” said Thigpen

Thigpen says sales have dipped 70 percent in last month.

“Because of the water restrictions they don’t want to plant, it’s been so hot and so dry they can’t water enough,” said Thigpen.

Thigpen said last week he didn’t buy plants for his store. He said it’s been a long time since he’s done that.

“I am sure the growers are really feeling the affect. I am sure they are sitting on greenhouses full of plants because they are just not moving,” said Thigpen.

As for his Thigpen’s business he says he’s relying on other ways to get by.

“We are not trying to sell plants as much as we are inside selling Christmas items and things like that,” said Thigpen.

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