Hoadleys open retail store in town 2012.50.09

Written by David Green.

Hoadley’s R & W Nursery has operated northeast of Morenci for years, but the three-mile drive from town has always limited sales, says owner Rich Hoadley.

He and his son, Matt, aim to solve the distance problem with their new retail location on North Street. The store is located between Walnut and Coomer streets, on the west side of the road.

“We’re just hoping to get exposure,” Rich said.

The Hoadleys have brought a piece of the nursery into town with nearly 70 trees from their 50-acre nursery stock.

R&W will have flats of bedding plants and vegetables for sale, but the Hoadleys believe that their landscaping expertise is what sets them apart from others.

The Hoadleys erected a greenhouse at the site to allow shopping even in rainy weather and have installed several cold frames. Mulch is available in bulk in three colors—red, black and natural—and can be delivered free, but ask for details.

There are hanging baskets available now and there will be fresh produce in the summer. When winter arrives, Matt said, they plan to offer Christmas trees, and they will look for other ways to expand the business.

“We’re here for the duration,” Rich said.

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