OUR HISTORY & VISION
In 1965 Robert (Bob) Logan Sr. was full of determination to start his own business. His idea was to put vending machines that dispensed worms around a local lake to make fishing a convenient pastime. Listening to his wife’s advice, a railroad salvage business was begun instead. A few years later, Bob began selling bedding plants and other garden related products, and Logan’s began to blossom.
In 1983 Robert Logan, Jr. assumed leadership of Logan’s. With his love of retail business, Robert continued to grow the family trade. Seeing the need to expand a few years later, Robert and his wife, Julie, purchased the Bagwell Seaboard Railroad Station in downtown Raleigh where Logan’s garden center relocated in 1991. This new location provided space to add a gift department and a wide variety of household and gardening items. The depot diner was renovated and became Seaboard Café, a popular lunch spot where one can relax and enjoy the ambiance of good food and outdoor dining. Logan’s has been recognized by the City of Raleigh, the State of North Carolina, & various historic associations for the adaptive re-use of the Historic Seaboard Railroad Station.
TRANSITIONING TO A NEW SEASON
Leslie and Joshua Logan are now “on board” as the third generation of Logans, working alongside both of their parents to continue to grow and transition the company into a cutting edge retail experience. Their shared commitment to their community and drive to provide a genuine and one-of-a-kind shopping experience is a staple of the Logans family tradition.
Logan’s has been serving the community beyond the brick and mortar with important programs such as Plant a Row for the Hungry. With their partner, the Interfaith Food Shuttle, Plant a Row for the Hungry facilitates getting fresh produce donations from community and personal gardens to local families in need.
Logan’s has been the recipient of various awards of excellence including Independent’s “Best in the Triangle”, Metro Magazine’s “Metro Bravo’s Best Of” for the Best Garden Store, and Garden Center Magazine’s “Top 100 Garden Centers of America” and “Innovator Award: Sustainability.”
Speaking of sustainability, it's hard to believe that the iconic blue and white canopy that runs along the train tracks was once used to cover travelers from the elements yet today supports the biggest sustainability initiative Logan's has made in it's over 50 years of operation. Three hundred and ninety-six 315-watt solar panels sit atop that beloved canopy and produce enough electricity to power the whole building. These panels offset 118 tons of carbon, the equivalent of planting 111 acres of U.S. forest. Learn more about our partnership with NC Solar Now.
Be sure to visit Logan’s for quality products and an outdoor sanctuary right in the heart of our bustling city. And be sure to say hi to the family!