Bay City Flowers to close
According to the company’s announcement, Bay City Flowers will close its doors and cease shipping on Nov. 10.
“After four generations and 110 glorious years in floriculture, we at Bay City Flower Co. have decided that the time has come for us to wind down the selling of our flowers,” said Bay City CEO Harrison Higaki in a prepared release.
Citing the increased difficulty in operating a national flower farm “in the costliest place in the nation,” the company will seek “alternative uses” for its infrastructure on the coast.
The company was founded in Redwood City in 1910 by Nobuo Higaki, a Japanese immigrant who grew cut carnations, roses, chrysanthemums and gardenias, according to the company’s website.
The family was forced into internment during World War II.
After the war, Harry Higaki, the first son of Nobuo, returned to the Peninsula farm and incorporated the business under its current name. The company relocated to Half Moon Bay in 1959.