Cottonwood Florist to become Palmer Flowers’ third location – Greeley Tribune
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the correct spelling of Connie Otto’s name. It was misspelled in an earlier version of this report due to a source error.
GREELEY — Longtime northern Colorado florist Palmer Flowers LLC, based in Fort Collins, has expanded to Greeley with the purchase of Cottonwood Florist. The store will reopen in early October as the third Palmer Flowers location, joining the Fort Collins and Loveland stores.
“I am so happy that Cottonwood continues to live and thrive as a new member of the growing Palmer Flowers family. In my 25 years of service to the Greeley community, I have always wanted to provide the very best those who walk through the door. Knowing that Palmer Flowers has an excellent reputation in Fort Collins and Loveland and seeing their beautiful arrangements, I made the decision to sell one easy,” said Judy Jackson, founder and former owner of Cottonwood Florist, in a written statement.
“We couldn’t be happier to be connected to Cottonwood Florist’s long history,” said Tim Jordan, President and Partner of Palmer Flowers. “Judy and her team have served Northern Colorado wonderfully for years. I sincerely believe this will be a partnership that will add to the strong foundation that Judy has built.
Spiro Palmer started Palmer Flowers in 1976. After immigrating from Greece to northern Colorado, Palmer worked for his family’s flower shop in Boulder before opening his own in Fort Collins.
Connie Otto founded Cottonwood in the late 1970s; it takes its name from the Cottonwood Shopping Center in Greeley where the original store was located. In 1997, Jackson and two other partners purchased the location, outgrew its facilities, and moved to 4681 W. 20th St.
“We really wanted to be the number one flower shop in town, and I really believe we did it,” Jackson said. “I’ve enjoyed seeing so many repeat customers come to Cottonwood and celebrate life’s most memorable moments with us.”
Jordan said Palmer still expected to move the brand east, and when Jackson’s business became available, “we moved quickly to make that happen.”
Palmer Flowers will have approximately 110 employees, increasing to just over 220 over the holidays. Holiday sales account for 40% of annual sales of artificial and fresh flowers and plants. Valentine’s Day remains the most important day of the year, when employees make 1,110 deliveries.
Longtime Palmer employee and Greeley resident Nicole Lockwood will serve as the new location’s general manager. Palmer is an employee-owned company.
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