MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The flower industry says flower sales that dipped during the recession have been rebounding this Valentine’s Day.

Experts said they expect Americans to spend about $1.8 billion on flowers for Valentine’s Day. Many people waited until the last minute to do their shopping, including Ryan Richardson, who works in downtown Minneapolis.

“I need flowers, chocolates and a card. I’m on my lunch break and hopefully we can do it all in one spot here at Target,” said Richardson. “It is a little late, I have just been really busy with work and this is actually the only time I had to get into it.”

The skyways were filled with crowds carrying bouquets of just bought flowers. Richardson joined a mob of last minute shoppers in the card aisle at the Nicollet Mall Target, hoping to get the right card for his girlfriend Andrea.

“I feel like there is some pressure, but if you are with the right person, it’s just about doing something special for each other,” said Richardson, who made dinner plans at a restaurant that doesn’t require reservations.

Bachman’s Floral catered to people like Richardson by opening its flower drive-thru for its second year in a row. All six Bachman’s locations in the metro area opened a drive-thru lane for flowers, chocolates and teddy bears. Customers order through a menu, pay by credit card and never have to leave their car.

Bachman’s officials said they expect to sell more than 150,000 roses, 100,000 tulips and 6,000 gerberas on Valentine’s Day.

Comments (2)
  1. Frank Lee says:

    “i need flowers,chocolates,and a card”,said a dumb valentine day shopper…apparently his girlfriend gets the same ol’ junk on the same ol’ day…when are people going to stop buying into these goofy holidays…it’s all about money,huh?

    1. Sam Gosling says:

      I think someone is bitter because he didn’t get any of that.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Good Question
Best Of Minnesota

Watch & Listen LIVE