By Carl Corry
The owners of S. Scherer & Sons Inc., a historic aquatic nursery in Northport, have put their 4-acre property, which includes two homes, on the market for nearly $4 million.
Bobby Scherer, 52, president of the company, said competition from the Internet, taxes and regulations have made it difficult to continue the operation, even one whose private client base extends from Connecticut to New Jersey, and also includes New York City’s Central Park, Brooklyn Botanical Garden and many other gardens.
“It’s been a tough decision for myself and my family,” said Scherer, whose parents, Bob and Jean, whose nickname is Sherry, are semi-retired and still live in one of the houses on the property. “We’ve been here since 1907. I’d love to stay hear and continue. They say the economy is getting better, but for brick and mortar? It’s tough.”
Signature Premiere Properties in Huntington lists the business and two homes for a combined $3,950,000.
According to the listing, the main house was built in 1931 and consists of four bedrooms, two full baths and a two-car garage. It sits back from the road on 1.39 acres. A second four-bedroom, two-bathroom residence was built in 1908 sits on 2.62 acres along with the business, which consists of five green houses, a two-story retail space building, a garage and numerous Koi and gold fish ponds.
“We’re looking to see if someone would continue to run the business,” Scherer said. “Maybe someone who has new ideas. We’re the oldest aquatic center in the nation.”
“We’re just putting it out there,” Scherer added, noting that customers over the years have included Gold Coast elites such as the Vanderbilt, Morgan, Rockefellar and Hearst families. “We would like to see the business continue. We’re looking to see if anyone has an interest in bringing it to another level.”
In the meantime, Scherer, who noted S. Scherer & Sons has employed thousands of people over its long history, said the business will continue to operate.