Iconic Harvard Square flower shop closes after 104 years in business – CBS Boston

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – An iconic Harvard Square florist is shutting down permanently after 104 years in business, citing in part the challenges caused by the “intimidating” COVID pandemic.

Brattle Square Florist will close on January 31, owner Randy Ricker announced on Monday. Ricker said business challenges that “continue to mount” led to the decision to close.

“The prices of plants, flowers and durable goods have increased dramatically and we are struggling to maintain our margins. Product availability has never been so difficult, ”Ricker said in a statement. “We are unable to attract and retain the personnel who are essential to our operation. If the store is a magical place to visit, the conditions in our space are also deteriorating. The prospect of continuing operations during an ongoing and unpredictable pandemic is daunting. “

Ricker bought the company nine years ago. Ricker said he didn’t think the store would be able to meet Valentine’s Day demands, prompting the decision to close by the end of January.

Brattle Square florist has been in business for over 100 years. Ricker said it was possible that a replenished Brattle Square florist could open in the future, but said there were no plans at this time.

“This is sad news for Harvard Square, for their customers and for anyone who has had the pleasure of passing through 31 Brattle Street,” said Denise Jillson, executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association.

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