GrowGeneration Adds The GrowBiz To Its Chain

GrowGeneration Corp. (NASDAQ: GRWG) continues to add to its stable of hydroponic stores with the latest acquisition being The GrowBiz. GrowGen did not disclose how much it paid for the chain, which is the country’s third-largest, but did note that it is expected to deliver $50 million in annual revenues. The deal is expected to close before fiscal year-end 2020.

The GrowBiz was founded in 2010 by Ross and Ryan Haley and has five stores across California and Oregon. It brings a team of experienced executives and more than 60 full and part-time employees. Prior to founding The GrowBiz, Ross Haley served as CEO of Hawthorne Gardening Company, a division of Scotts Miracle-Gro, and General Hydroponics, two recognized leaders in the hydroponics industry. Ross Haley will become a senior strategic advisor to the Company.

“We are excited to add The GrowBiz to our portfolio before year-end, with its impressive leadership and commercial teams,” said Darren Lampert, GrowGen’s CEO. “We look forward to building on their combined experience and expanding our commercial footprint. The GrowBiz acquisition represents our continued investment in purchasing the ‘best of breed’ hydroponic operations in the U.S. and strengthening our management team with seasoned veterans from our industry.”

The acquisition will bring the total number of GrowGen hydroponic garden centers in California to ten and Oregon to two. The new GrowGen locations include RocklinCotatiSanta Cruz and San Luis Obispo, California, and Portland, Oregon.

The GrowBiz’s CEO Ross Haley said, “Hydroponics have been a staple in cannabis cultivation and as states across the country continue to legalize, hydroponics stores are an incredible resource for consumers to learn about different cultivation methods. I’ve seen first-hand over the years how our stores have helped people diversify their gardens, so they are able to cultivate and produce cannabis – it’s empowering.  GrowGeneration’s continued expansion is a testament that the stigma of cannabis prohibition is diminishing, and cannabis is indeed a legitimate business. I look forward to moving to an advisory position with GrowGeneration as I continue to build out Lbs. Distribution – a licensed cannabis distribution company in California .”

This deal comes just a few weeks after the company announced it was getting into the Arizona market with the acquisition of Hydroponics DepotPhoenix’s largest indoor and outdoor garden center. The company also did not disclose how much was paid for the company and whether the deal was stock or cash or a combination. “We’re excited to add Hydroponics Depot to our growing portfolio, with year-to-date sales in excess of $5 million and year-over-year growth at 50 percent,” said Tony Sullivan, GrowGen’s COO. “Importantly, it represents our 11th state and our first retail operation in Arizona, a key market in GrowGen’s growth plan. We see tremendous potential from both a medical and recreational standpoint.”

GrowGen currently has 31 stores, which include 5 locations in Colorado, 6 locations in California, 2 locations in Nevada, 1 location in Arizona, 1 location in Washington, 6 locations in Michigan, 1 location in Rhode Island, 4 locations in Oklahoma, 1 location in Oregon, 3 locations in Maine and 1 location in Florida.

Debra Borchardt

Debra BorchardtDebra Borchardt

Debra Borchardt is the CEO, Co-Founder, and Editor-In-Chief of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Masters degree in Business Journalism from New York University.


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