JACKSON TWP.  For those waiting for the new Petitti Home and Garden center on Dressler Road in Jackson Township to open, the wait is over. Petitti’s officially opened on March 8. District Manager Ken Zawicki said the store will hold a grand opening in early to mid-April.

The store is 30,000 square feet with a 24,000-square-foot showroom. Plus, the outside greenhouses will add to the sales space when completed. Zawicki said during the store’s peak sales season, beginning in May, the location will employ between 55 and 60 employees.

Petitti Home and Garden sells a variety of indoor and outdoor furniture, décor, live plants, trees and shrubs, wall hangings, garden décor, plant seeds, fertilizer, grass seed and a woman’s boutique with clothing jewelry and other items. There is a section filled with kitchen items and food items such as specialty dips and mixes. Customers will find a wide selection of pottery items, mulch, grills and accessories and much more.

"We try to buy items made in Ohio as much as possible, plus 98 percent of our plant items are grown in our greenhouse or nursery which are both located in Northeast Ohio," Zawicki said.

The company owns a 32-acre glass greenhouse range near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and a 1,400-acre nursery in Lake County. Zawicki said the company produces the plants in one of those two locations and ships to the nine retail stores. There are Petitti Home and Garden centers in Summit, Lake, Cuyahoga, Medina, Mahoning counties and now Stark County.

The corporate office is in Oakwood Village in southeastern Cuyahoga County. The retailer is owned and operated by Angelo Petitti and his son AJ Petitti.

"Those are two of the many factors that set us apart from other garden centers. We grow our own high-quality plants and we are family owned with owners who are focused on all aspects of the business," Zawicki said.

The store’s manager is Rochelle Manfull. She transferred from the Oakwood Village store. She said the company selected the Jackson Township area because of its successful retail history.

"We are always looking for places to grow the company and we recognize the Canton, North Canton area is a good market," Manfull said. "We will have weekly specials that switch every Thursday. We also offer many educational classes for adults and children. Our fairy garden classes are always popular in other locations and we do a wine bottle, make-it and take-it class that people enjoy."

Zawicki said the company employs many horticulturists and botanists who help produce the highest quality plants, trees and shrubs. The Jackson Township location has hired students from the Jackson Local Schools horticulture class.

Both Zawicki and Manfull said the store goes all out for Christmas. They said customers can expect to see at least 200 trees on display and 15,000-20,000 ornaments for sale in the store during the winter holiday season.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Zawicki said the hours will be extended around April 1 to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.