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National tree shortage not affecting Huntington-area businesses

By COURTNEY HESSLER

The Herald-Dispatch

The National Christmas Tree Association reports U.S. families are still expected to buy about 27 million trees, about the same as the past two years, even though the average retail price of trees is expected to rise to $75.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  — While a nationwide Christmas tree shortage has again been reported in the United States due to the dwindling amount of tree farmers, local businesses have been able to continue the tradition of helping families pick out the perfect tree this year.

According to The Associated Press, the imbalance was created a decade ago when an oversupply of Christmas trees and the recession sent many growers out of business. The shortage has remained ever since because it takes eight to 10 years to boost the supply.

The shortage even affected local business Stewarts Original Hot Dogs, which is in its 53rd year of selling trees, last year when a disease killed the business’ longtime source’s tree supply.

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