Brumley Gardens closing Oak Cliff location


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Brumley Gardens announced today that its Oak Cliff location is closing at the end of August.

The garden store opened its first location in Lake Highlands more than 20 years ago and expanded to Oak Cliff in 2012. The shop took a former gas station at 700 W. Davis, which previously had been Repotted, a short-lived neighborhood garden store. Prior to that, the space had been vacant for several years.

Store manager Marie Jenkins said several factors led to the decision to close, including increasing rent, upcoming sewer maintenance on West Davis wherein the street will be under construction for up to nine months, and flagging sales, which she attributes to an unusually rainy spring. [Correction: Landlord Craig Schenkel and store owner Chris Brumley confirm the rent had not been increased.]

Brumley Gardens is looking for another location in Oak Cliff, she says.

“Our landlords are wonderful, but it is all about business,” she says.

The store is liquidating, and starting Saturday, July 12, everything in the store will be at least 50 percent off.

“This community has been so wonderful and welcomed us,” Jenkins says. “It’s going to be hard for me to walk away because this has been my home for the past three years. We love this place.”

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  • Now we know that the rising rents are justified because people are willing to pay them. I hate cell phone stores, but this is the reality of supply and demand.

  • Yep, what made the area desirable will be driven out by the ‘development’ that follows them. The area prospers, then dies and you have a lot of apts that run down.

    I don’t want to see that happen here. Not sure how to keep it from happening. Jefferson and Wynnewood will be where the battle is fought and won. I am afraid that we will lose a lot of BA

  • Bummer. But this is the cycle that we are destined to see play out over and over in Bishop Arts for awhile. Overly aggressive rents are only corrected by the properties inability to generate enough revenue to pay the over priced rent. In other words, the market will correct the situation, eventually. Unfortunately it takes time and it is painful. And even more unfortunately, all the little guys feel the squeeze disproportionately! Besides the optimistically gutsy owners of the shops and boutiques that come and go, the little guys in this community include the artists and art related businesses. Artists and art galleries can’t afford high rents. The vast majority of artists and galleries are ultimately non-profit.

    This is a traditional urban development scenario. Creative people move into depressed areas and make them “cool”. We’ve seen it locally, with Deep Ellum. Cycles of speculation and growth mixed with periods of economic complacency. Somehow, the money always seems to ruin everything.

  • I hope they find a new home in Oak Cliff. Great store and knowledgeable team. Would be a huge loss if they pull out entirely.

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