OCTOBER 2022

COVER STORY- Stark Street Duo Gets It Done In Oregon –

PORTLAND, Oregon – Anyone looking for premium power equipment to buy or have serviced in the greater Portland, Oregon area is less than a 30 minute drive to one of Stark Street Lawn & Garden’s five branch locations that encircle the Rose City. Despite staffing issues and supply chain concerns that all dealers are fighting right now, Stark Street has fared well: 2021 was the best year ever for the business, and this summer has brought more of the same thanks to a late and damp spring that extended plant growth well into the summer months.

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Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Power Equipment Trade

PORTLAND, Oregon – Anyone looking for premium power equipment to buy or have serviced in the greater Portland, Oregon area is less than a 30 minute drive to one of Stark Street Lawn & Garden’s five branch locations that encircle the Rose City.

Despite staffing issues and supply chain concerns that all dealers are fighting right now, Stark Street has fared well: 2021 was the best year ever for the business, and this summer has brought more of the same thanks to a late and damp spring that extended plant growth well into the summer months.

This year, four branches had their best sales months ever in June, and July and August continued a strong trend as well, says owner Tom Jenne. “It’s played out as we thought it might, really, due to the record wet weather we had up through June.”

Stark Street Lawn & Garden dates to 1965 and a small Quonset hut just down the road and across the street from its current location on Stark Street in northeast Portland. Jenne remembers the dealership from his childhood and occasionally buying parts there for his at-home mower repair business.

Jenne started working for the dealership in 1989 and also began working his way through a final year of college. He proved a quick study, as the owner had been looking to sell the business, and Jenne worked out an agreement to buy it in 1994.

In an era when many dealerships hadn’t yet made the leap to modern retailing, Jenne pursued—and still does—a compelling blend of modern, convenient retailing combined with value-added service to make Stark Street “an easier buy” for customers.

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