A community institution in Littleton has given its workers and customers five months’ notice before closing for the foreseeable future.
O’Toole’s Garden Centers owner Adele O’Toole announced late last month that she would close the 31-year-old family store on South Federal Boulevard on August 31. The company’s sites in Westminster and Lakewood will, however, remain open. .
“We loved being a steward of the land and being part of the Littleton community,” O’Toole said in a statement. “We are looking for the right opportunity to rebuild in the area and hope to have another store within the next couple of years.”
The new location could be in Littleton, Englewood or “anywhere down south,” O’Toole told the Denver Post. “And it doesn’t need to be as big as the Littleton store, but it still needs to have over 23 parking spaces.”
She sold O’Toole’s 5-acre property for an undisclosed sum to developer Lennar Multifamily Communities, which plans to build mixed-use residential and commercial structures next to the garden center on the corner of West Belleview Avenue.
This proposed development includes part of O’Toole’s existing parking lot and would leave the Garden Center with just 23 parking spaces, which is not “adequate parking and space for the spring and summer crowds.” summer,” according to O’Toole.
The garden store typically sees some 1,600 customers a day from May, she said.
Adele O’Toole’s late husband, Jim O’Toole, started the family business in Lakewood in 1979. He bought the land in Littleton in 1990.
“Jim was proud to have purchased the property on South Federal so we could open the Littleton store,” O’Toole said. “It’s a wonderful store and I want to thank Chris Ibsen, store manager from the start, who has helped the store become a staple in the community.”
Adele took over the business after Jim’s death in 2006. Today, two of their adult children, Kerry O’Toole Young and Patrick O’Toole, are also active in the business. Pickles the cat has become the center’s unofficial mascot.
Ahead of the late summer closure, O’Toole’s Littleton will continue business as usual, including donating a portion of sales to the Integrated Family Community Services (IFCS) food bank in Littleton and the Action Center in Lakewood. .
“We’re going to have business as usual at the Littleton store,” O’Toole said. “And we are looking to the future, because we are looking for this third store. We just ask our customers to be patient, as we don’t know what’s out there yet.
If you go: O’Toole’s Garden Center Littleton is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. Sunday) until August 31, at 5201 S. Federal Blvd. The company’s three locations will hold an “extravaganza” on May 21-22 with sales, food trucks and entertainment. otoolesgardencenters.com
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