After trying unsuccessfully to find a buyer, Smith and Hawkins closed in a week of about July 11, 2011. They are no longer taking orders on their web site then. They are also in the process of closing all 56 of their brick and mortar storefronts. They will not be sending out any more catalogs.
Smith and Hawkins is the symbol of high-end gardening for more than 30 years. And now, it is going out of business. Founded in Marin County, Calif., as a garden tool importer and it was purchased in 2004 by Scotts Miracle-Gro.
Taken from http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com title “So long Smith, So long Hawken”, Scotts Miracle-Gro spokesman Su Lok from company headquarters in Ohio said “With the economy and the markets the way they are, this is just something we needed to do for the overall business,”.
It is also written that there are no more on-line sales but some 56 retail outlets – there is one in Chevy Chase – will be open until they finish liquidation.
Because the business had long since become detached from its original values, its two founders told reporters that they are relieved.
The company branched into outdoor living products such as furniture, fire pits, lighting and garden decor while the original Smith and Hawkins focused on high-end English gardening tools with a lifetime guarantee.
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