A Fort Lauderdale florister has decided to close its doors amid declining sales.
Fort Lauderdale Flourist in Fort Lauderdale will close its door on March 31.
It will close to all customers, and will no longer accept orders online, said Laura O’Donnell, president of Fort Lauderdale Flower and Garden, which is owned by the church.
She said she’s heard from a few customers who were hoping for a different place to shop.
“We’re not going to do anything for the next year.
We’re going to look for a new place,” she said.
Forty-three Fort Lauderdale residents have left since the start of March, according to data from the Florida Department of Economic and Community Development.
Flowers, fragrances, fragrant oils, and perfumes have become a popular luxury in the U.S. but have been struggling to keep up with demand.
A recent survey of florists in the Miami area showed a 40% drop in flower orders in March compared with the same month last year, according the Orlando Sentinel.
The Fort Lauderdale area has seen a sharp increase in florism, with several companies moving into the area, such as Gardenia, the Floral Gardens, and Blossom Garden.
Fort Worth, Texas-based Gardenia’s annual Flower Show sold more than 2 million roses, carnations, bougainvilleas and other floral items at an average price of $3,600 per square foot last year.
The company is trying to grow its business, but it has struggled in recent years.
Last year, the company said it would shutter its Flower Show and Garden Show facilities.