I just heard some shocking news: Stanek's Nursery is going to close in mid-January after 99 years in business on the South Hill.
Stanek's has been one of my favorite nurseries because of their high-quality plants and selection. They have a good reputation with area gardeners and have done a lot for the community. I can't even imagine not being able to go there.
This apparently has occurred because the owners have been trying to negotiate with the City of Spokane regarding the use of the eastern edge of their parking lot. Even though the City owns that part of the Stanek's property, they weren't able to come to an agreement that would allow Stanek's to have clear access to that land. Instead, the City wanted to set up another lease agreement.
It turns out that Stanek's apparently has been wanting to sell their business anyway but because they don't own the area where their current parking lot is located, they felt it would be just about impossible to sell it due to the lack of parking areas.
I'm dismayed to learn of this. If you want to read more about it, go to the KREM.com web site.
Update: To read the article about this in today's (Nov. 15) issue of The Spokesman-Review, go to Stanek's Nursery to close after 99 years.