George Schofield Co. anchors Outdoor Living hardscapes franchise

Sources: Outdoor Living Supply, Rochester, Minn.; CP staff Outdoor Living Supply has commenced a hardscapes distribution business plan with the acquisition of Bridgewater, N.J.-based Geo. Schofield Co. Inc., a leading natural stone source. The transaction is the first for an entity established late last year in partnership with New York private equity firm Trilantic North America. OLS principals aim to…

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Outdoor living trends sustain hardscape product category growth

Sources: Freedonia Group, Cleveland; CP staff

Demand for pavers, segmental retaining wall units, boulders and companion hardscape products is set to climb 5.6 percent annually through 2021, buoyed by growth in home building and popularity of outdoor living features. Over a five-year horizon in Freedonia’s new “Landscaping Products Market in the US, 5th Edition” study, pavers look to attain an annual growth rate just under 6 percent, reaching $1.4 billion in sales by 2021. Total hardscape category product shipments that year are projected at $3.5 billion.

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Hardscape retailer Pioneer effects 30-store upgrade with eye to DIY market

Sources: Pioneer Landscape Centers, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; CP staff

Pioneer Sand began a transformation to Pioneer Landscape Centers with a post-Labor Day weekend grand re-opening of its six-acre store just outside Denver. “Our Littleton Landscape Center is the first step in what is an exciting next chapter for one of the nation’s preeminent landscape-supply companies where do-it-yourselfers and professionals will find direct-to-customer savings and the best product selection in the industry,” says CEO Sagi Cohen.

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