McCarthy Flowers Expands McCarthy Group Florists, headquartered in Lackawanna County since 1952, acquired Peoples Flowers in Albuquerque, NM in July, a four store floral operation opened in 1944. Peoples Flowers is the largest florist in New Mexico, and brings the 10th state to McCarthy Group Florists’ footprint, President Kevin McCarthy announced. It brings McCarthy locations to 26 nationally, and McCarthy remains the largest family owned Florist in the country. McCarthy Flowers was founded by Bud McCarthy in 1952, who was joined by his father Ernest. Bud’s son Brian took control in 1987, and fourth generation Kevin became President in 2020. The McCarthy Group employs over 500 nationally with 80 plus delivery vans, and handles finance and accounting in Lackawanna County for the group. Kevin states that “critical mass” for increased Buying Power is paramount. McCarthy Flowers began importing flowers directly. Kevin McCarthy states that the “additional critical mass” added to McCarthy Group Florists with these new acquisitions continue to keep McCarthy’s relevant and dominant in the retail floral industry.