The parent of Smith & Hawken on Wednesday said it has received a bankruptcy judge's approval to put the upscale garden supplies retailer on the sales block.
The ruling by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Worcester, Mass., allows CML Group Inc., which also makes NordicTrack fitness equipment, to accept bids for Smith & Hawken until Feb. 4. A court-sanctioned auction will be held Feb. 11.
Acton, Mass.-based CML Group had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month in Wilmington, Del., after slumping sales and a failed cost-cutting effort forced it into liquidation. Soon after the filing, the case was moved to the Massachusetts court, where CML's NordicTrack fitness equipment unit had filed for bankruptcy protection in November, said Mark Semer, a spokesman for CML.
The Mill Valley-based Smith & Hawken unit, which sells books, garden furniture, tools and accessories through mail order and retail stores, had about $88 million in revenue in its year ended July 31. Smith & Hawken was not included in CML's bankruptcy filing.