Flower shortage could cost you more this Valentine’s Day

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Staffing shortages and supply chain issues are rising the prices on flowers for customers and florists.

Mitchell Check, owner of Gilmore’s Florist Shop in East Providence has been in the business for more than 50 years.

He says this Valentine’s Day brings on some of the biggest challenges of his career.

“This is the toughest holiday I’ve put in and I’ve been doing this a long time,” Check said.

Roses, carnations, and other bouquets are paired with bigger price tags this Valentine’s Day compared to years past.

“I would on say on average they’re going to be about 25-30% more than usual.”

Check, who gets his flowers from Ecuador and other areas of South America said there’s been a back up in receiving product.

This has caused a hike in prices for roses and other popular items.

Flowers aren’t the only Valentine’s Day item that’s more expensive.

Check says costs for vases, cases and even chocolates have gone up.

“The price of flowers and just everything has gone through the roof.”

As for supply, the shop still has the quantity but may not have the same colors or variations you prefer.“It may get bumpy at times with substitutions but we’ll do the best we can for you.”

Similar to many businesses, Gilmore’s is seeing a decrease in staffing, particularly driver during a busy time for deliveries.

“We don’t know how many deliveries we’re going to have so I can’t get enough people to work until we know what we’re going to get I can only speculate.”

If you’re still shopping for that special someone, Check recommends to order early and be flexible with any changes to your order.

If you still plan on shopping last minute Gilmore’s and other shops plan to take orders till the day of.

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