The owner of O’Donal’s Nursery in Gorham has purchased a garden center in New Hampshire that he said will allow him to expand his business in Mount Washington Valley, where demand for trees and shrubs is high.
Owner Jeff O’Donal bought McSherry’s Nursery & Garden Center, which is just over the Maine state line from Fryeburg in Center Conway, New Hampshire. The sale closed Dec. 20 for an amount O’Donal declined to specify. Both nurseries date to the early 1960s, making the owners pioneers in the modern-day garden center business.
“I was looking to retire and this just kind of fell out of the sky,” O’Donal, 63, said. “My goal is to supply nursery stock to the rapidly expanding North Conway market, which is not being served now. Then I’ll sell the business to employees in four to five years.”
He said Gorham, which is located west of Portland, is in a market saturated with garden centers and big-box stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot that have garden centers. But the market in North Conway only has a few small garden centers and a Lowe’s.
‘We grow nursery stock and have been delivering it to North Conway almost weekly,” he said. “With the new location we can supply the industry closer to home for them.”