If there was ever a perfect time to get into the hydroponics business, this is it. Things are about to get really exciting in this industry – for manufacturers and retailers. Especially if you own a hydroponics shop in a state where at least medical cannabis use is legal. But it will really heat up when the federal status changes.

Win a hydro shop

At the moment, it just so happens that there’s a thriving hydroponics shop up for grabs in Largo, Florida. It’s a turn-key setup and reasonably priced too at $115. Yes, one hundred and fifteen dollars (no extra zeroes). It’s more of a contest than a business acquisition. And the winner takes all.

Sounds pretty crazy, right? Maybe a little too good to be true. But there’s nothing wrong here.

It’s no shady place. They’ve been open in Largo for 25 years, supplying Clearwater and St. Petersburg with organic and indoor gardening products. So, unlike starting off fresh, the new owner won’t have to deal with getting established or building a reputation. Winning Simply Hydroponics & Organics includes a steady stream of walk-in traffic and online sales too.

Of course, if you’re going to own a hydroponics shop, you will need to know your way around a grow room and have good plant knowledge. A lot of the sales in this kind of store come from helping people solve indoor gardening problems. Being able to pinpoint issues and provide the solution is one of the things that keeps a store like this in business for over a quarter of a century. It’s not just sales. You’ve got to teach people how to get better results too.

Speaking of teaching, Simply Hydroponics & Organics spent a lot of time working with teachers and building an educational area into their website. One product available from their online shop is a kit for school kids that help them learn about growing without soil. There are several lesson plans that the owner, Allen Bednar Jr., put together, and schools from all over the country use them. So, the kits make it a lot easier to teach the art of growing in the classroom. Of course, if they run into an issue, it’s the shop they call for assistance.

win a hydro shop

Helping people help themselves to grow organic food without pesticides or natural medicine is a pretty commendable way to make a living. But it does require having stock: grow lights, hydro systems, nutrients, environmental control equipment, grow tents, grow media, and what have you. But you won’t have to worry about building an inventory to supply customers with what they need right away either.

And don’t get the idea that being in a contest means the inventory included is all less desirable stuff. The list names some highly respected hydroponics industry brands: FoxFarm, Canna, General Hydroponics, Nanolux, Mammoth, Next Light, Kind, Quest and Sunlight Supply. You’ll also need a forklift to move stock around and unload trucks, which comes with the shop and property at 7949 Ulmerton Road. As does the existing social media accounts, a Canna distributorship, and computers.

Quite the package! For some lucky hydro enthusiast, this is a dream come true. But you will have to convince the judges of that in your 250-word Why I Want A Hydroponics Shop essay. That’s the key to winning this business.

Get your entry in their hands by March 15th, 2018. Independent judges will select 25 finalist essays, and from there Allan will choose the person he feels best suited to take over what he’s spent half of his life building on April 2nd. They must receive 7,000 entries for contest fulfillment. Yes, that’s $700,000, but you don’t have to come up with it all! It’s not like he’s giving it away. The commercial property alone is a valuable piece of real estate. Everything else, including the people who depend on the business being there, is worth more than money to someone.

Sure, he could just sell it, but that wouldn’t ensure it will live long and continue to prosper. It’s just time for him to do something else because after running a hydroponics shop for so many years, he needs a change. And being able to change someone else’s life by sharing the fun of running this shop is like icing on the cake.

Can you win a lucrative hydroponics business in sunny Florida? Get serious, raise your odds and submit multiple entries. Just be sure to pay the $115 fee for each essay.

Here’s the Contest Rules page and Entry Fee.

Source: Tampa Bay Times

Images courtesy of Simply Hydroponics.

Tammy Clayton

Tammy Clayton

Content crafter and Senior Editor at Garden Culture Magazine
Tammy has been immersed in the world of plants and growing since her first job as an assistant weeder at the tender age of 8. Heavily influenced by a former life as a landscape designer and nursery owner, she swears good looking plants follow her home. (Some feel she's got a perennial obsession, others say the problem is tomato plants.)

If you don't find her at the desk - check the gardens. When not writing and weeding, she enjoys a good book, painting junk furniture, and blending the harvest of heirloom tomatoes and chiles into salsas.
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