Once-promising Rockville firm ceases operations

Stockner's Nursery, based at 15474 Pouncey Tract Road in Rockville, has ceased operations. (Michael Thompson)

Stockner’s Nursery, based at 15474 Pouncey Tract Road in Rockville, has ceased operations. (Michael Thompson)

A local landscaping company once counted among the nation’s fastest-growing businesses is no more.

Stockner’s Nursery, headquartered at 15474 Pouncey Tract Road in Rockville, has ceased operations, said president Eddie Stockner, who was reached by phone Monday.

“We’ve gone out of business,” Stockner said before ending the call abruptly.

In business since 1981, Stockner’s serviced and managed landscapes for commercial and residential customers. Its closing comes after a period of rapid growth.

Stockner’s was on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the country in 2011 and 2013, when the company reported 179 percent growth in four years, $10.3 million in revenue for 2012, and 160 employees. Stockner’s also cracked BizSense’s RVA 25 list in 2013 as one of Richmond’s fastest-growing companies.

stockner-signGary Stockner, Eddie’s son, was president of Stockner’s in 2013 and said he helped run the company from 2001 to 2014. He confirmed Stockner’s had closed and said he is helping wind down the business.

“I think the income had been going down for two-and-a-half years,” Gary Stockner said.

Gary Stockner said there would be a large auction in October at the Pouncey Tract Road site for the company’s equipment.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Stockner’s Rockville office is in Goochland County. It is in fact just north of the Goochland line in Hanover County. 

Stockner's Nursery, based at 15474 Pouncey Tract Road in Rockville, has ceased operations. (Michael Thompson)

Stockner’s Nursery, based at 15474 Pouncey Tract Road in Rockville, has ceased operations. (Michael Thompson)

A local landscaping company once counted among the nation’s fastest-growing businesses is no more.

Stockner’s Nursery, headquartered at 15474 Pouncey Tract Road in Rockville, has ceased operations, said president Eddie Stockner, who was reached by phone Monday.

“We’ve gone out of business,” Stockner said before ending the call abruptly.

In business since 1981, Stockner’s serviced and managed landscapes for commercial and residential customers. Its closing comes after a period of rapid growth.

Stockner’s was on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the country in 2011 and 2013, when the company reported 179 percent growth in four years, $10.3 million in revenue for 2012, and 160 employees. Stockner’s also cracked BizSense’s RVA 25 list in 2013 as one of Richmond’s fastest-growing companies.

stockner-signGary Stockner, Eddie’s son, was president of Stockner’s in 2013 and said he helped run the company from 2001 to 2014. He confirmed Stockner’s had closed and said he is helping wind down the business.

“I think the income had been going down for two-and-a-half years,” Gary Stockner said.

Gary Stockner said there would be a large auction in October at the Pouncey Tract Road site for the company’s equipment.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Stockner’s Rockville office is in Goochland County. It is in fact just north of the Goochland line in Hanover County. 

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S.E. WArwick
S.E. WArwick
5 years ago

This is in Hanover County.

MattM Crawford
MattM Crawford
5 years ago

The sad thing is, this was an amazing company, 3 brothers who yes, did fight like brothers do. All had the same dream, to bring beautiful landscapes to everyone and they did. However working for the company I can tell you the mark of the down fall was in 2012 when they hired a man from up north to be the COO. This man makes his living growing companies in landscape management. However he forgot one crucial detail. Cost. The cost of projects and services above the state are much higher, coat of living is as well. I recall a… Read more »