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Business Impacted by Tight Supply of Christmas Trees

3 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 November 22, 2017 5:53 PM November 22, 2017 in News

MCALLEN – The owner of a Rio Grande Valley Christmas tree lot said there's a Christmas tree shortage nationwide.

This McAllen Christmas tree lot doesn't look like it's going through a shortage.

"A lot 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,” said Christmas tree lot owner Jim Conner. 

Conner and his wife started this McAllen Christmas tree lot as a hobby. It grew into a popular business. 

They both consider themselves lucky to get the number 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,” said Conner.

Conner said he paid close to a $100,000 to get everything set up this year.

"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,” said Conner.

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

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

"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,” said Conner. 

Conner said a shortage could impact businesses for a few years. He’s waiting to get back on track.

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