Johnson’s blames rent for closing of Tenleytown garden center

WASHINGTON — After 84 years in business, Johnson’s Florists and Garden Center is closing its Tenleytown location in Northwest D.C., citing rising rent and other costs.

Johnson’s stores in Olney and Kensington, Maryland, will remain open.

The Tenleytown store will close on or before Jan. 14, Johnson’s said in a letter posted on its website and sent to regular customers.

“This closure is a direct result of the significant increase in rent and other related fees of occupancy imposed upon us by the building’s owner,” Johnson’s said in its letter. “Despite months of earnest negotiation we have been unable to arrive at a mutual understanding with our landlord.”

Johnson’s is offering its D.C. customers 20 percent off in-store purchases from Jan. 15 through the rest of the year at its Olney and Kensington stores.

Johnson’s opened its first Washington store in 1933. The family-owned business says its Tenleytown store has the largest selection of fresh-cut flowers in the area.

Its garden-supply business is so brisk in the spring that parking at the Tenleytown store is often a wait-your-turn affair.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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