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After 91 years, Rocky Mountain Seed Co. closing for good

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After 91 years in business, Rocky Mountain Seed Co. will close its doors for the final time March 26.

Over the past few weeks, the company has been holding a liquidation sale, but had not previously confirmed to The Denver Post that it was going out of business.

In a note on its website, the company attributed its closure to the economic downturn.

“Regrettably, we have been facing many of the problems that other small- business entities are experiencing in today’s economic conditions,” the site said. “Without the ability to obtain credit lines or business loans from financial institutions and the increasing costs in labor, transportation, product lines and other overhead expenses, plus more government regulations, we find ourselves unable to finance or continue the business in the traditional manner.”

The company’s liquidation sale runs through 4 p.m. today, and 10 to 4 p.m. Thursday through March 26.

Rocky Mountain Seed will be selling off seeds, cabinets, counters, bins and gardening supplies from its store at 6541 N. Washington St., said Tom Kirk, who is serving as the business’ liquidator.

“We even have the cool old carts they used to move stuff around,” Kirk said. “We took down the old sign and are selling off the individual letters. Tell people they’ve got to be looking closely for us because we took down the sign.”

Founded in 1920 by F.C. Vetting, Rocky Mountain Seed was operated by several generations of the family before it was sold to LoDo Group in 2005 for a reported sum of $3 million.

At first, the business’ primary customers were truck farmers who brought their crops to Denver produce brokers, according to the company’s website. Over the years, the company added new products, including those for backyard gardeners, commercial growers and landscapers.

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