Virginia Beach Christmas tree lot dealing with tree shortage amid COVID-19

Posted at 7:54 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 19:54:46-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - There's a debate on whether to decorate for Christmas before or after Thanksgiving.

But with Turkey Day now behind us, most people are getting ready for December 25 - and that means Christmas tree shopping.

One local seller, Granny's Christmas Tree Lot in Virginia Beach, says they're dealing with a shortage of standard-sized trees and different buying habits because of COVID-19.

“If COVID’s had an impact, really it's been people coming in earlier. I think the fact that everyone has been stuck in solitude for so long they're ready to celebrate one of the seasons they're not going to let anybody take from them,” explained “Shortage on trees is more of the middle-sized tree, which is probably the most commonly bought tree, which is about seven to eight feet. We got some in. We got some in, but we didn't get even a third of what we normally get,” said Scott Cust, Operator of Granny's Christmas Tree Lot.

Operators tell us the shortage is expected to last for the next few years. They also say the reason is growers not being in business long enough.