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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Other changes planned at Johnson’s Floral

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  • The façade was not the only change the floral shop will be seeing this year.
     
    “We’re remodeling the whole inside. We’ll have new lights, drywall … the whole nine yards,” Paul Grethey Jr. said.
     
    The remodeling should start as early as this week, with the focus being on becoming more modern.
     
    “The shop’s been around since 1952, my dad (Paul Grethey) has had it since 1967. We’ve got such a huge customer base right now that we want to let people know we can do anything,” he said.
     
    Currently, the shop can handle traditional and non-traditional floral arrangements, along with decorating, outside planning and smaller landscaping projects, many of which can be seen on Grandview Drive and Prospect Avenue in Peoria.
     
    “There’s nothing we cannot do,” Grethey Jr. said. “We’d like to add some newer features. We’re still going to be a traditional flower shop but we’ll be adding some non-traditional things.”
     
    One non-traditional thing the shop can already do is make custom designs found on Pinterest, Facebook and other floral shops.
     
    “We want people to come to us with new ideas,” he said.
     
    Also, all greenhouse glass will be replaced in the near future with polycarbonate fiber.
     
    The greenhouse will also be remodeled to feature a garden center inside with more retail space.
     
    New management
     
    Besides visual changes, a new change is taking place in the management as well.
     
    Grethey Jr. will be taking charge of the shop starting Feb. 1.
     
    “It’s just something I always wanted to do, to carry on my father and my Uncle David’s legacy of this place,” he said. “They’ve built this into a phenomenal business and it’s my job to carry it on. I just have so much respect for my dad and my uncle for what they’ve done with this story. They’ve taken it from a small little flower shop to a very tropical business. We’re always busy.”
     
    While things are changing inside, Grethey Jr. stressed that the customer service will stay the same throughout the changes.
     
    Page 2 of 2 - “The one thing I don’t want people to think is that we’re changing,” he said. “The customer service is not changing. That’s what sets us apart from everyone else. We’ll deliver on a Sunday, we’ll deliver at 8 p.m. on a Saturday night. That’s never going away. That’s what made this place what it is today.”
     
    The customer service can extend as near as Morton and as far as across the country, according to Grethey Jr.
     
    “We’re probably one of the most diverse florist shops and greenhouses you’ll find in the country,” he said. “With the capabilities we have, we can send flowers anywhere in the world. You can be in Boston and go online or call us up and we can send flowers to L.A.”
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