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Ohio-based, Family Owned and Operated Business is Sixth Epicor Customer to Receive the IGC Award

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today congratulated Petitti Garden Centers, a nine-store independent garden center, as winner of the 2013 IGC Retailer of the Year Award. The garden center was selected from more than 20,000 independent garden centers — presented during the 2013 Independent Garden Center Show (IGC Show) at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Established in memory of Dick Morey, founder of IGC Retailer magazine, the awards program recognizes a prominent garden center that demonstrates notable leadership and innovation in the industry.

Petitti Garden Centers knows its customers — from colorful kid-friendly displays to ‘how-to’ gardening sessions, and is deeply-rooted in customer service. The full-service garden center is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and has served the Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown communities since 1971. Petitti’s, powered by Epicor Eagle technology, was ranked No. 7 in IGC Retailer’s IGC 100 report and continues to set themselves apart from other garden centers by exceeding the needs of customers and offering the highest quality products, services, and plant materials.

“We are continuously modifying our organization to give our customers the best experience possible,” said AJ Petitti, vice president of operations for Petitti Garden Centers. “The recognition of the IGC Retailer of the Year Award exemplifies all the hard work and dedication of our employees and their dedication to the future of Petitti’s. With great success, we implemented Epicor Eagle. One of our go to tools is the real time, accurate inventory management feature of Epicor Eagle, which has already helped us expand and improve our business — in turn improving our customers’ experience.”

“Epicor is proud to congratulate Petitti Garden Centers for their win in the esteemed IGC Retailer of the Year Awards,” said Craig McCollum, executive vice president and general manager, retail distribution solutions for Epicor. “Their dedication to an innovative business environment and excellent customer service is what keeps their business consistently growing. We are pleased to partner with Petitti’s — they have woven Epicor Eagle into their business development and continue to demonstrate outstanding success in advancing toward optimum business performance.”

About IGC

IGC is an unparalleled, multi-faced organization dedicated exclusively to all aspects of the independent garden center industry. We are all about garden retailing with the world’s largest trade show and conference for independent garden centers, the IGC Show; the industry’s leading information and inspiration sources, Garden Chic and IGC Retailer magazines; and the only trade association in the United States focused exclusively on the IGC retail sector, Garden Centers of America. We help vendors and independent garden centers sell more product. For more information visit