Peoria Heights florist selling flowers, properties and buildings sold

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. (WMBD) — A Peoria Heights florist is delaying retirement until new owners take over the property this summer.

Dan Callahan, owner of Gregg Florist on War Memorial Drive, said the property and buildings have been sold, but the flower business itself remains for sale.

“It’s always been considered a high traffic area, with lots of visibility…Of course with all the commuters and the high volume of War Memorial, it’s a busy place,” he said .

Callahan said he intended to retire at the end of 2021, but the new owners now intend to take over the property in the summer. He said staying open longer allows for greater visibility for a potential buyer.

“I was going to finish by Christmas, but things got delayed like they do in the dev world… And it ended up dragging into this year, so I decided to go ahead and to continue, giving it a bit more time for someone who might want to buy the business,” he said.

Callahan said the extra time was meant to wrap up the end of an era and say goodbye to longtime customers.

“This company has been around for 50 years. We’ve had a lot of dedicated customers and a lot of relationships over those years, sometimes across generations, so it’s been bittersweet. But this extended lead time has allowed us to spend a bit more time selling the merchandise and connecting with the customers who come in,” he said.

He said what makes Gregg Florist special is the customer customization and flowers sourced from around the world.

“We just received flowers today from Holland,” he said. “So the quality and diversity of the products we sell, the personality of what we do with them…and we also try to have a special relationship with everyone who walks through the door and has long felt the key to understanding people’s floral needs.”

Callahan added that whoever buys the business should open the store in a different location. But they would also get thousands of in-app customers acquired over decades.

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