Hello, and welcome.
I guess I'm lucky in that I live in an area with $ LFS
, 3 of which are clean stores with knowledgeable staff. 1 is dirty and run down. 2 stores have a good mix of fresh and salt water, I think, though I know nothing of salt water so my opinion doesn't count for much. You're correct though, in saying that none have much in the way of plants. I actually find a better selection of plants at most Petcos and Petsmarts that at an LFS
I'm sure your knowledge and experience will be welcome additions to the forums.
3g betta, 29g molly, 90g Amer cichlid, 90g community, 137g African cichlid, 220g water garden, 6,500g koi pond