Business briefs: Gerten’s moves into Lake Elmo

Gertens is moving into Lake Elmo after completing a purchase of the Linder’s Greenhouse growing range there on Monday.

The growing range includes 52 acres of land with 12 additional acres of heated growing greenhouse, four utility buildings and a few acres of growing fields. It does not include the St. Paul Larpenteur Avenue Garden Center or garden mart locations.

“As we identify opportunities in the retail, commercial, wholesale plant and lawn & garden markets, we will pursue those opportunities that best fit our long term strategies and goals,” a statementfrom Gertens reads. “We are excited about the prospects of growing our business to ensure that we can fulfill the needs of our customers, provide long term opportunities for our staff and continue to build a solid foundation for our future.”

Linder’s closing was announced last fall due to a poor economy, the unseasonably long winter, and competition from big box stores. The growing range is found at 9075 15th St. N.

Bruestle gets performance award

Rylee Bruestle is the fourth quarter’s recipient of an Outstanding Performance Award from Blue Sky Hospitality, LLC. Bruestle is a guest service representative at the Crossings by GrandStay Inn & Suites of Stillwater. She has been employed with Crossings for one year seven months, and this is her first time receiving this award.

The Outstanding Performance Award symbolizes the employee’s commitment to outstanding guest services and the company’ motto: “Rule No. 1 — if we don’t take care of the customer … somebody else will!”