Wingard’s Market – 49 Years and Still Growing!
One of Lexington’s oldest and most storied and successful businesses recently celebrated its Greater Lexington Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a business after hours.
Wingard’s Market, located at 1403 North Lake Drive, has been in business for almost 50 years, but the business doesn’t rest on its past success.
“We have been around 49 years and survived the “box stores,” which is a testament to customer satisfaction,” said Delores Wingard Steinhauser, who owns the business with her husband Wally Steinhauser. “I don’t believe there is another garden center in the Midlands with that much history.”
The Wingard family dates back to the 1700’s in Lexington, and the business started with a few azalea plants in 1968.
Is a yard truly Southern if it has no azaleas? pic.twitter.com/2al1YEU80X— Wingard's Market (@wingardsmarket) March 23, 2016
The business has experienced constant growth and change during the past five decades, including several name changes and tremendous expansion. But one major constant has been customer satisfaction.
“We take educating our customers seriously,” Delores said. “We not only sell them plants, we teach them to care for their plants through the many workshops and seminars or educational videos we offer, or through print material at point of purchase.”
That relationship with the customer leads to the most gratifying aspect of the job, according to Wally.
“Our customers, plain and simple,” he said. “We have great customers that have become friends that we enjoy seeing.”
Those customers enjoy everything Wingard’s Market has to offer.
Patrons are able to take a leisurely stroll along a meandering path through a myriad of unique outdoor garden art, trees, shrubs and more. The business also offers landscape design and installation, plant fertilizers, and pest and disease control products. Wingard’s Market also includes a gift shop and fresh produce, fresh meat and gourmet food products, all of which set it apart from the competition.
Wingard’s Market employs six people full-time, along with three permanent part-time employees and up to 10 season employees.
The Steinhausers want to make sure fellow Chamber members realize the business is “more than plants,” and they plan to continue serving their customers and innovating the business as they strive to fulfill the business mission: to provide quality products and services with a connection to nature within an enjoyable, local market environment and experience.