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January 11, 2013, Pennsauken, NJ

Arett Sales Acquires Good Tidings, Expands Warehouses, Hires Previous Commerce Sales Reps and Re-Opens Extra Profit Programs

In response to the unprecedented recent events in our industry, Arett Sales has taken several initiatives to ensure that independent lawn and garden centers can have a strong, stable and secure supply chain partner that will be able to move products from manufacturers to retail shelves with as little disruption as possible. As a fourth generation family-owned business, Arett Sales takes great pride in supporting the industry for over sixty years, maintaining open communications with our customers, and providing fast order turnaround with high order fill rates.

The first, and most important step we have taken, has been to increase our infrastructure to support additional business and maintain our industry-leading fill rates. We have just signed leases to add significant additional space to both of our warehouses as of January 1st. Arett is now operating out of more than 600,000 square feet in our Troy, Ohio and Bristol, Connecticut warehouses, serving customers from Maine to South Carolina, west to Michigan and Illinois.

Arett has also reopened our Open House Extra Profit Programs on over 230 manufacturers until February 18, 2013. These extended programs offer independent garden centers the ability to take advantage of significant early order discounts and secure products for their shelves for the rapidly approaching spring season. Arett is also committed to adding significant new manufacturer partners that our customers are seeking.

Arett is also expanding its Seasonal Showcase to be held at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ on February 13th and 14th to include many more Spring manufacturers so that customers will have access to extended Early Order Programs. Manufacturers that are new to Arett will also be in attendance. The Showcase will also focus on exciting product assortments by Christmas and Fall exhibitors. To register call the Arett office at 800-257-8220 or visit www.arettshowcase.com.

Arett has been working diligently to ensure that many lawn and garden personnel who have played key roles in support of the independent retail channel remain employed within our industry. We are pleased to announce that twelve former Commerce salespeople have joined the Arett team and are right now working with customers to ensure an uninterrupted supply of products. The addition of these highly qualified, experienced salespeople to Arett’s already strong and respected sales force allows us to continue to provide vital value-added services to our customers and manufacturer partners. Arett is continuing to interview and hire salespeople, merchants, key managers and support personnel.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Arett has just entered into an agreement to acquire Commerce’s Good Tidings Division. Good Tidings is a well-respected, highly successful brand that has been integral to the business of many independent retailers. Arett will continue to provide the same high quality merchandise and top notch customer service that Good Tidings customers have come to expect. The Good Tidings showroom will remain open and supported by the same knowledgeable team at its current location in Baltimore, MD. Appointments can be made by calling Dottie at 410-360-6614 or by sending an email to goodtidings@arett.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . In addition, Good Tidings products will be available for purchase at the upcoming Arett Seasonal Showcase.

It is with sadness that we see the demise of a well-respected competitor and friend, but we are determined to move forward to ensure a strong, stable and secure supply chain partner for both our independent garden center customers and for our manufacturer partners. Arett Sales’ mission is to continue as a leading distributor with an unmatched breadth and depth of lawn, garden, home and holiday items to meet your growing needs.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call.

Sincerely,

Lindsey Chesbrough

President, Arett Sales
800-257-8220 x201
lchesbrough@arett.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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