When DeSantis Florists Inc. moves into a new site on Kenny Road, the employees and owners said they won't miss the old location, just its address.

When DeSantis Florists Inc. moves into a new site on Kenny Road, the employees and owners said they won't miss the old location, just its address.

The 85-year-old family-owned and operated business can currently be found at 865 DeSantis Court off West Henderson Road, "which we can't replace," said Nick DeSantis, company president.

"Maybe someday they'll rename Kenny Road," he said last week.

The move from the current site, DeSantis Florists Inc.'s home since it was founded in 1927, is to make way for a 114-unit extended-stay facility.

Preferred Living, a residential development firm based in Westerville, plans to erect four, three-story buildings and three garages on the 3.3-acre parcel.

The new home for the venerable business will be at 4460 Kenny Road, which was most recently a Verizon cell phone store and prior to that a Cord Camera location, DeSantis said.

"It's going to be smaller, but it's going to be much more efficient," he said.

"I think it's going to save us a lot of steps."

The new site also involves less overhead "and that's what's important in today's business world," DeSantis said.

The employees are definitely looking forward to the new digs, he said.

"I think everybody's kind of excited, really," DeSantis said.

"This is an old building. It's got its foibles."

Foibles or not, it wasn't all that easy to find a new location while remaining within the Northwest Side where DeSantis Florists has been since the inception.

"The search actually was kind of intensive for a while and all of sudden it was providential that this building came open," DeSantis said.

"It really fits our needs very well.

"Everything we were looking at had some kind of major flaw ... but it just fit our purposes perfectly and it's not so far that people can't find us.

"We're right around the corner and very visible."

The lease for the Kenny Road store was signed recently.

"We hope to be there at least by the middle of October, first of November," DeSantis said.