On September 10, Landgard Cash & Carry Market Linz will open its doors as a new hub for florists, flower stores, garden centers, nurseries, landscape and cemetery gardeners, weekly markets as well as cities and municipalities in Upper Austria.
"The new combination store marks the latest milestone in the ongoing development of our cash & carry concept. For the first time, our customers in Linz will be able to experience the diversity of the plant market, flowers, decoration, floristry and horticultural supplies sectors under one roof on an area of around 7,000 square meters, without any spatial separation," says Landgard CEO Dirk Bader. "From the vision to the implementation of the new market concept, we have received a great deal of support - from the trade as well as from regional producers, associations and politicians. For this, our heartfelt thanks to all."
Preview for invited guests
At the official opening ceremony on the eve of the first day of sales in Linz, select guests will be able to take a look behind the scenes of the first newly opened and newly built cash & carry market in ten years. In addition to this, they will learn in conversation with Landgard managers why the producer cooperative chose this particular location.
"In Germany, we have already achieved good area coverage with our markets. Since the market in Vienna is located far to the east, we started planning a location further west in Austria about two and a half years ago. In Upper Austria, we have met with great interest in the green sector," says Andreas Herzberg, Managing Director of Landgard-Fachhandel.
Everything under one roof
With more than 70,000 indoor and outdoor plants, nursery plants, flowers, a large assortment of decoration and supplies as well as accessories for gardening and landscaping, the new concept of the Kombimarkt Linz offers specialist trade customers all the products they need to stock their business optimally and comprehensively in a single purchase. And all this with a huge selection and a fair price-performance ratio. As they make their way through the store, customers automatically visit all product areas. A specially designed lounge area is available for specialist discussions or a short break. And at the Info Point in the heart of the market, Landgard employees are available as competent contact persons for questions.
Focus on sustainability
As is the case throughout the Landgard growers' cooperative, sustainability was a particular focus in the design and implementation of the new cash & carry store in Linz. A photovoltaic system on the roof supplies the site and several e-charging stations in the parking lot with environmentally friendly electricity. The roofs are greened throughout and the energy-saving LED lighting is precisely tailored to the needs of the plants and sales areas. Furthermore, Landgard has relied on percolating interlocking stone in the ground area wherever this was possible. This allows excess water to seep away and not flow directly into the canal.
Regional, national and international
The focus of the wide range of flowers and plants that Landgard, as a cooperative, offers to retailers is on regional products from growers who are cultivated and supplied in the immediate vicinity of the Cash & Carry stores. In order to be able to offer a wide range of regionally produced products in Linz as well in the future, Landgard is currently systematically expanding its network of growers in Austria. Together with around 3,000 member farms worldwide, the growers' cooperative also brings the atmosphere of the South directly to the retail trade, for example with Mediterranean herbs or plants from Italy and Spain, without detours and intermediate trade. Landgard makes the best possible use of synergies within the growers' cooperative for the benefit of its customers. This allows short distances, a year-round supply of high-quality goods from first hand and a relaxed purchase.