Gainesville Daily Register
Muenster Garden Center has held its status at 502 N. Main St. as a small-town staple since 1972, and yet the store’s customers often include curious visitors from around the state.
The center’s current owners say this remains the case since, as always, the company offers solid service for a specialty product.
The inventory’s name-brand mowers, chainsaws and trimmers include the latest from SCAG, STIHL, TORO and ECHO — and their engines include lines such as Kawasaki, Tecumseh, Honda and Kohler.
Owner Weldon Bayer said he and his employees stay trained to deal with all of the above by attending specialty schools, and so the center not only sells equipment but is on stand-by for repairs.
Bayer, who purchased the center in January 2011, said he continues to learn his trade, and time brings new improvements.
“I wanted my own business and I had a good opportunity to come here and learn this business and eventually buy it,” he said.
Bayer added that since becoming operator of Muenster Garden Center, he’s become particularly keen on SCAG’s latest line of industrial-strength riding mowers, one of which is proudly parked near the center’s entrance.
“It is the best commercial lawnmower on the market,” he said. “It’s like SCAG says: second to none, and their motto is ‘Simply the Best.’”
Bayer inherited this mantle from founder Roger Taylor, who initially opened the center on the town’s Main Street as an outlet for basic gardening and lawn and anti-pest supplies. But after three years in business, Taylor’s sales emphasis leaned toward outdoor equipment.
Taylor, now retired, was the first local businessman to introduce STIHL-brand machinery to the Muenster area. Loren Bayer, Weldon’s wife and member of the Muenster Garden Center team, said Taylor is responsible for the success the center has enjoyed for four decades.
“He’s got a lot of knowledge and was kind enough to pass it on,” she said.
For more information, call (940) 759-2766 or visit www.muenstergarden.com.