Target Corp. is closing the last 262 garden centers in its stores nationwide, including all 90 in Florida.
The Target store at 6150 14th St. W. in Bradenton has a garden center. There are three Target stores in Sarasota County. They will be staging final clearance sales before closing at the end of September. Gone will be live plants and an extended soils and fertilizer selection in huge bags.
Live plants have not been a profitable business for Target given stronger competition from home-improvement stores, Walmart and independent garden centers.
The discount chain will continue carrying smaller bags of soil, some garden tools and patio furniture and supplies. But it considers patio goods a seasonal item available from spring through mid September.
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In some stores, Target used some of the space to create room for expanded fresh food, meat and produce departments that are being added to 350 of its 1,150 stores this year. But the remaining live plants area will be home for seasonal items such as Halloween and the Christmas holidays.
— The St. Petersburg Times contributed to this report.