Muskegon County greenhouse owners search for ‘right person’ to buy business

A Muskegon County garden center is for sale after being a family-run business for 44 years. Barry’s Greenhouse, 3000 Whitehall Road, is available for $1.95 million.

David Barry, who built the business by hand in the late 1970s, says it’s time to retire and pass the torch. “I think that if the right person came in, a younger person that has a lot of energy, they could build this business into something a lot bigger and take it to the next step,” he said.

The longstanding Muskegon area greenhouse is being offered as a turn-key transfer, meaning the new owners would purchase all the equipment and infrastructure to keep operating the business. “You could walk in and be ready to go the next day,” said Ian Volchoff, the owner of Trophy Class Real Estate, who is handling the listing.

Barry’s Greenhouse opened in 1977 after David Barry served four years in the U.S. Navy. Barry built the business from the ground up, laying every single one of the 5,500 cement blocks in the foundation and constructing four greenhouses on the vacant Dalton Township property.
Barry’s Greenhouse started by selling flowers and vegetables but adapted to a changing market by doing everything from digging ponds to snow plowing in the winter.

Fresh cut flowers, 1,500 varieties of perennials and a landscaping service were added to the greenhouse’s repertoire. The business, which tripled in size, also started composting yard waste to make topsoil and sells five varieties of fresh-made mulch.

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