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Business Impacted by Tight Supply of Christmas Trees

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Business Impacted by Tight Supply of Christmas Trees
Business Impacted by Tight Supply of Christmas Trees
The owner said he is forced to change his business strategy.

"if we sell everything we'll be okay but we're not going to be making money off of this year.

There will be no money made this year.

" the owner of a valley christmas tree lot says there's a christmas tree shortage nationwide.

He's forced to change his business strategy.

Channel five's angelo vargas learned why it's a lean year for christmas trees..

Nat sequences of trees, men working this mcallen christmas tree lot doesn't look like it's going through a shortage..

Jim conner, christmas tree lot owner 02:09:15:03 "alot of people got cut short this year and the only reason we have trees.

Is we have been with the same company for 30 years and so they make sure we have trees this year.

We didn't get as many as we wanted but we did get enough to suffice the valley."

Jim conner and his wife started this christmas tree lot as a hobby.

It grew into a popular business.

02:13:30:06 "this is the fraser fir.

I considered the cadillac of christmas trees."

They both consider themselves lucky to get the amount of trees this year.

"you know you got a lot of money invested, a lot of money and right now you're just hoping to get your money back.

That's all you wish for."

Conner says he paid close to a hundred thousand dollars to get everything set up this year.

02:08:59:03 "there been fires out in oregon, fires in washington and they just had problems out there and michigan.

Colorado been having problems with insects and plus north carolina.

So there is a christmas tree shortage.

This year, he was forced to make a costly business decision.

He paid more for the trees and didn't raise his prices.

02:12:16:07 "if we sell everything we'll be okay but we're not going to be making money off of this year.

There will be no money made this year.

It's just we were looking for the long run.

Like when we get here next year, if they go back down then we'll be okay.

We've had good years here.

So it's time for us to give back.

Conner says a shortage could impact businesses for a few years.

He's waiting to get back on track.

Angelo vargas, channel five news, mcallen.

The national christmas tree association, and yes it's real organization that represents 700 active farms and more than four thousand buinsses across the country.

National christmas tree association is not calling it a christmas tree shortage.

They say christmas trees are in a tight supply.

The association spokesperson doug hundley expains christmas trees are in tight market due to supply and demand.

Hundley says it takes ten years to grow a seven to eight foot tree.

He recommends people to get a tree in the first week of december and they may see a five to ten percent rise

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