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Peter Rogers Florist in Stamford to close after almost 50 years: Not enough traffic 'to continue going on'

Stamford Advocate logo Stamford Advocate 9/27/2022 Brianna Gurciullo

STAMFORD — After nearly 50 years in business and two location changes within Stamford, Peter Rogers Florist will close later this month. 

Peter Rogers, 75, said he opened the shop in 1973 at St. John’s Towers after he was trained in New York. He then moved to Route 1 and Courtland Avenue and operated there for about 20 years. When the spot “became too tight,” Rogers said he moved again to his current location on Pine Hill Avenue in Glenbrook. 

“We’ve been through recessions and ... managed to keep busy until it became time to just retire,” Rogers said. “I couldn’t continue with the lease the way it was because the expenses of the lease (were) getting to be too much and there wasn’t enough volume ... to continue going on.”

“This community has changed somewhat, and there’s not as much need for flower designers or a florist that can provide custom service as there used to be,” he said.

The shop’s last day will be Sept. 30.

Robert Colgan, the owner of TimberRidge Associates LLC, which manages the building at 12 Pine Hill Ave., said Rogers "was a long-standing, valued tenant, and we're sorry to see him go."

Rogers said that over the years, supermarkets and people who work out of their homes and offer flowers for parties have cut into his business. 

“We managed to find other clients that needed different items and different services,” he said. “But, again, it just gets to be too much. ... Every order that a florist gets is filled from scratch. In other words, you don’t pull it off the shelf. Everything has to originate in your brain as far as the design goes, and you have to build it with flowers that you have, and then you have to have it delivered on the same day.”

Rogers said he used to go to Manhattan three or fours times a week to buy his flowers from wholesalers. 

“The faster you can get the flowers from the grower to the client, the better off you are because it makes them happy,” he said. “I think that’s one of the reasons we were so successful because we always had really super fresh flowers.”

He said he tried to find a buyer for the store, but “young people are not attracted” to his business: It typically involves working 10 or 12 hours per day, six days a week. 

Rogers said he was grateful to his manager Johanna Maciag, who has worked with him for about 40 years. 

brianna.gurciullo@hearstmediact.com

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