The upscale Jacob's Garden gardening center in Whiteford Township, Michigan, opened amid much fanfare 2 years ago but closed without notice last week.
The store at 4570 Sterns Rd. on 38 acres has a simple sign on its front window that says it's closed.
Owner Mike Jurgenson, a former commercial real estate broker in Toledo, could not be reached Tuesday for comment. No message about the closing was left on the store's phone.
Two other tenants in the 28,000-square foot building near Sterns and Whiteford roads had little information, even though each of their shops remain open.
Small signs taped to the door are the only announcement of the garden store's closing. Co-owners of the two businesses that rent space in the building declined to say if they had spoken with Jacob's Garden's owner.
Yarn Envy, a yarn shop, and Vintage Coffee Bistro have rented space at the building since last year.
Tracey Maris, co-owner of the yarn store, and Bill Fink, who co-owns the coffee shop, said Jacob's Garden closed a week ago. Both declined to comment when asked about circumstances surrounding the store's closure or whether they've spoken with Mr. Jurgenson.
Mr. Fink, whose coffee shop operated for three years in Lambertville before moving to Jacob's Garden, said it makes sense to keep their businesses operating.
The business, which opened in March, 2008, was named for owner Mike Jurgenson's grandfather. Its merchandise was aimed at women ages 35 to 60 and was heavy on indoor and outdoor decorative items.
“We think it was a good move in the sense of that our business and the garden center business grew off of one another,” he said.
Jacob's Garden, which opened in March, 2008, was named for Mr. Jurgenson's grandfather.
The store was designed by a top landscape architect and gardening-center expert.
It has two computer-controlled greenhouses that were built in the Netherlands.
Its merchandise, much of which still remains, was aimed at women ages 35 to 60 and was heavy on indoor and outdoor decor, such as fountains and deck furniture.
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