Watson's Garden Center closing after 60 years

Posted at 1:46 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 14:10:01-05

Earlier this week, Watson’s Garden Center announced to employees that it's closing. The store is set to close at the end of January.

Owner Henry Marconi said that the poor economy and increasing competition from home improvement chains factored into the decision to close the store, located on York Road in Lutherville-Timonium.

Marconi told ABC2 that the property is not for sale and he doesn’t know the status of the building once Watson’s is closed.

Watson’s Fireplace and Patio is a separate business and will remain open.

Watson’s Garden Center is having a liquidation sale beginning Friday Jan. 8.

Watson’s Garden Center is a family owned business that began 60 years ago. The Watson brothers, Bob and Jimmy first opened in a garage on Chesapeake Avenue. The store moved to York Road in 1961.

Jimmy Watson opened the Towson Golf Club and owned the Baltimore Clippers/Skipjacks. When Jimmy decided to move to Florida, he sold the property to his nephew, Henry Marconi and a few others.

To those who know the store well, Watson’s was known for its live reindeer at Christmas.

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