A native Georgian, Pete Pike became interested in the nursery business in the mid-1950s. While serving at the Naval Air Station in Chamblee, Georgia, he worked part-time for Lymburner’s Nursery to supplement his income and support a growing family. In 1958, with more nerve than money, Pete decided to try his luck with his own nursery business with three employees and a 200 ft. by 200 ft. location on Highway 41 in Marietta, Georgia. Times were so hard in those days that he and his employees borrowed water and restroom facilities from the gas station next door.
As Pete and his family led the company into the 21st century, their plans for the future included the expansion of Pike Nurseries in Atlanta and a new adventure into the Charlotte area. In the spring of 2006, new stores in Acworth, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina were opened and in the Fall of 2007, we welcomed our Lindbergh City Center store in midtown Atlanta, Georgia.
On March 4, 2008, Mike Kunce and Armstrong Garden Centers, a nationally recognized chain of independent garden centers from California, purchased the retail assets of Pike Nurseries and breathed new life into the business. Happily, we became Pike Nurseries Acquisition, LLC on that date and have been able to continue to operate as Pike Nurseries, serving our loyal customers without a disruption in business.
Today, Pike Nurseries is employee-owned and is comprised of 400 employees in the peak seasons at 17 retail stores in the Atlanta area and Charlotte, North Carolina, a landscape installation and design service, a planting service and a growing facility called Pike Nurseries Farm. Mike Kunce continues to lead our company as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Armstrong Garden Centers and Pike Nurseries.