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LEEDMARK SOLD MORE CHRISTMAS TREES THAN ANY OTHER SINGLE RETAILER EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI

 GLEN BURNIE, Md., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Leedmark officials said today they believe they've sold more Christmas trees this holiday season than any other single retailer east of the Mississippi.
 Leedmark spokesman Edward Segal said the store sold an estimated 20,000 trees, or the equivalent of 27 tractor trailer loads. During the height of sales over the weekend of Dec. 12-13, Segal said trees were selling at the rate of one every 20 seconds.
 The Scotch pine trees, which averaged 6-8 feet in height and cost $9.95 (including tax) were purchased by Leedmark last July from two tree farms operated by the largest tree wholesaler in the United States. According to the company, Leedmark bought more trees from them than any other single retailer.
 In 1991, the store's first year of operation, Leedmark sold more trees than any other single store in the Mid-Atlantic region.
 This year Leedmark expanded its Christmas tree program by setting up a 5,000-square-foot fenced-in tree selling area in its parking lot, created a new entrance to the store so customers could do their shopping and pick up their tree after checking out, and hired approximately 40 people between Thanksgiving and Christmas to staff the sales area and bale the trees for customers.
 After Christmas, Segal said trees may be returned to Leedmark to be mulched free of charge.
 On Tuesday, Leedmark donated 500 Christmas trees to Bea Gaddy, a Baltimore community activist, who distributed the trees to needy families and individuals in the community.
 According to the National Christmas Tree Association, an estimated 36.3 million Christmas trees will be sold this year, up from 35.7 million in 1991.
 The Glen Burnie Leedmark, which opened in May 1991, is the first one-stop shopping hybrid market in the United States. Leedmark combines the best features of 18 different stores so that consumers can buy all of their basic needs for apparel, non-food and food items under one roof. The Glen Burnie store features more than 85,000 different items of merchandise.
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 /CONTACT: Edward Segal of Edward Segal Communications, 202-333-7966, for Leedmark/


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