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History of Arett Sales

• 1951 •
Dave Boylan, Eric Mueller and Charles Librett formed an alliance dedicated to providing products and services to the lawn and garden retailer — in 1953, Arett Sales Corp. opened the first Arett warehouse in New Rochelle, New York. The market of concentration was Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. Arett Sales started delivering lawn and garden supplies when fledgling garden centers were just beginning to pop up among nurseries and hardware stores. A century ago, we began with one small facility and a staff of three and delivered goods with our own cars on a regular basis.

• 1963 •
Irv Librett opened Arett Sales Corp. of New Jersey which served New Jersey, south to North Carolina and west to Ohio out of a 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse on Warren Avenue in Cherry Hill and did $275,000 in sales the first year.

" 1973 •
Arett Sales Corp. of New Jersey moved to our current location on Marlkress Road — originally a 40,000 sq. ft. building that was later expanded to 100,000 sq. ft.

• 1986 •
Arett Sales of New Rochelle and Arett Sales of New Jersey merged with Irv Librett as the President and owner. At that time, we increased the number of items carried from 2,000 to 5,000 and the number of vendors increased by 300%. Since then the "New Rochelle" warehouse was moved twice — first to Waterbury, CT (80,000 sq.ft.) and then to Cheshire in 1997.

• 1988•
Lindsey Chesbrough becomes President.

• 1990 •
Arett Sales purchased Crawford Corp, and gained APCO, our private label brand of merchandise.

• 1993 •
Arett Sales purchased The Messinger Company and consolidated our market share in western New York State.

We purchased the assets of Pascack Sales and gained a larger market share in New England, New York and New Jersey.

• 1997 •
Arett Sales moved the Waterbury facility to Cheshire, CT. (175,000 sq. ft.) We purchased Good Prod Sales, the professional division of Arett Sales.

• 1998 •
Arett Sales purchased the assets of Libner Corp. THE WORKS, a dollar store division of Arett Sales begins.

• 1999 •
Arett Sales begins operating 4 divisions in addition to our core business of distributing lawn and garden products: Arett OutSource, our logistics and public warehouse division; Good Prod Sales, our professional supplies division; GreenSmith, our store level sales and warehousing division; and our Import Divisions which include APCO, Terra Verde and our newest venture, THE WORKS. By the end of the century, Arett Sales was shipping $90,000,000 out of nearly 275,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space in two locations!

• 2000 •
In 2000 we moved our Cheshire facility into a new 250,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Bristol, Connecticut featuring 40 shipping and receiving doors; 28 ft. ceilings; and indoor parking — more space to do more business and do it better!

• 2004 •
Arett Sales added another 60,000 sq. ft. to our Bristol, Connecticut facility.

Today the needs of the lawn and garden retailer continues to be a mainstay of our business. Arett Sales continues to grow and change in order to help our customers maintain a competitive edge and be more profitable. The future promises to be filled with even more positive change and exciting challenge!

  • We have 34 salespeople serving our 17 states!
  • Over 160 employees!
  • Over 350,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse space!
  • Over 2750 customers!
 
Open house circa 1961
 
Open house circa 2003
 
Irving Librett circa 1961
 
Mauri Librett circa 2003
 
12 foot Show Hoagie circa 1961
 
   
 

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