Plano florists call this thriving and small-business-friendly city home.
Thanks to its terrain, Plano, Texas got its name from the Spanish word plano which means flat. The city is home to the headquarters of JC Penney, Frito Lay, Dr. Pepper / Snapple Group to name just a few of the corporate giants with offices in the area.
The US Census Bureau declared Plano the wealthiest U.S city as recently as 2008 as did CNN Money. Plano is an upscale affluent suburb of Dallas and due its economic diversity the city suffered fewer effects of the recession than other U.S. cities.
This is good news for area retailers as they have managed to suffer only a slight decrease in sales since 2008. Plano is locked in the midst of other municipalities and cannot expand in any direction. In a way this is good for local businesses as they needn’t worry about new competition moving in on their territory. It also places a great deal of pressure on them though as someone is always willing to step in when someone drops out of the game.
Being well off, the city is full of soirees, galas and fundraisers that help to keep Plano florists in business. Most galas are decorated with lavish floral displays and Plano flower designers can tell you that they are still as busy as ever. While their counterparts in other areas of the U.S. have witnessed a dramatic decrease in sales, Plano flower shops report very little change to the amount of business they do. Flowers are not seen as a necessity which is why they were one of the first things households were willing to sacrifice when faced with the economic downturn. Unlike other cities, Plano florists did not notice a boom of people choosing to purchase lower quality, less expensive flowers from a local supermarket as opposed to their Plano flower shops, and many still see their long time clients fairly frequently. Another reason that Plano florists have been able to stay ahead of the game is because they are able to buy their product from Plano flower growers meaning the flowers in their Plano flower shops are much fresher than those that are imported. Thanks to the Houston airports opening of a 60,000 square foot cooling facility, Plano florists are now able to get their imported flowers much sooner than if they were trucked in from Miami which until recently was where they typically had to have their imported blooms brought in from. The sooner they get to the Plano flower shops from the time of cutting, the better. Fresher flowers have a much longer shelf life which translates to less waste, meaning more profits.
Other area businesses aside from Plano flower shops are still managing to do well as Plano plays host to several business travelers throughout the year. In fact, 80% of tourists who visit Plano are there for business purposes. This helps to keep hotels, restaurants and retailers busy. Plano's stable economy has helped it earn its reputation as one the wealthiest U.S. cities and it shows no signs of giving that title up any time soon.
Plano Fun Things to Do
- Courtyard Theatre
- American Airlines Center - Dallas Mavericks basketball
- Cox Gymnasium
- Haggard Park Historic District
- Dallas Cowboys Football & Texas Stadium
- Chase Oaks, Los Rios, and Pecan Hollow Golf Courses
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