Freddy Miraballes is planting a new business at the site of the former Geiger's Garden Center, 40 Belmont St.
The 1.6-acre property, for which Miraballes paid $1.6 million, apparently will be used as a new garden and landscaping center. The property is located just off the Post Road, across the street from a bagel store and fast food restaurant and behind an automotive center.
Miraballes owns Freddy's Landscaping Co. on Wilson Avenue in Norwalk. He did not return a phone call for comment.
The property is appraised at $1.2 million and was first purchased by Frank Geiger in 1978. There is a 3,600-square-foot store on the property that was built in 1967.
Geiger's still has its Westport location, that was established in 1953 and has been family-owned and operated for three generations. They had contemplated selling that site in 2011 to a developer for residential and commercial use, but those plans were dropped.
Freddy's is also a family-owned business and has been in existence for 25 years. The company provides masonry and stonework, landscaping design and installation, property maintenance, outdoor lighting, fencing and arbors, general contracting and pergolas and gazebos.
It was featured on an episode of the NBC show, "George To The Rescue," helping to create a new backyard for a man injured while helping to construct the new Freedom Tower at Ground Zero in New York City.