Tom Hankins

last updated 1/6/2018

Tom Hankins

Owner at Backmann Florist

15 West Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire, United States
HQ Phone:
(603) 432-2371

General Information


Vice President - C&K Components Inc


Bachelor of Science degree - Business Marketing , University of New Hampshire

Recent News

That interest is key for the Downtown Derry Business Association, led by Backmann Florist owner Tom Hankins.
The group meets regularly to talk about the downtown's future and what lies ahead for its success. Hankins also supports a change for parade day. "We met with the parade committee in January to consider options," he said. Those options could be a new day for the parade or just moving the event to the first weekend in December and incorporating more holiday events on a larger scale downtown. Otherwise, Hankins said, he keeps his doors closed as the parade passes by. "For years, we've experienced no customers," he said. "There's no point in being open."

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"There is nothing more important to me than the quality of the downtown," said Tom Hankins, Backmann Florist owner and group organizer.
Hankins moved his business to Main Street several years ago from a location on Crystal Avenue. He said he has watched store after store close and fewer people stop by to shop. The downtown's decline may be due to many factors, Hankins said, from lack of parking and signage, to the troubled economy and crime.

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Tom Hankins, owner of Backmann Florist in Derry, said his sales have slipped this year and shoppers seem more hesitant to spend money.
"It's guys that buy most of our products on Valentine's Day and guys are known to be procrastinators," said Hankins, the Derry florist. "So for all we know, there could be a stampede in here on Saturday." Hankins said his store hasn't been affected too much by the downturn of the economy because some aspects of his business are recession-proof. People will continue to buy flowers to mark births, deaths and birthdays, he said. But he said he has noticed the drop in sales. "People have been a little more price-conscious this year. It's obvious that people are nervous and struggling with the economy," he said.

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