Bents Home & Garden sales grow

Cheshire garden centre Bents Home & Garden grew sales by 8.26% to £21.62m in the year ending 31 January 2017.

Assets are £12.1m and cash reserves £4.2m. Bents now plans to invest in infrastructure and attract additional tenants to increase footfall.

Average basket size was £18.85 (£18.97). Footfall conversion rate was 46.7% (44.1%). Operating profit was £1.22m (£1.36m).

Bents has been celebrating it's 80th anniversary this year with a series of events to commemorate its milestone.
A new £700,000 staff facility opened earlier this year. Longer-term, mini golf, a spa and a restaurant revamp are possible developments.
In 2007, Bents launched the UK’s first Open Skies Glass House, and more recent years have seen the opening of a £10m extension, housing a number of new home and leisure departments, including a Food Hall.
Bents now has six dining destinations, adventure play area, landscaped lake and on site nursery,
where it grows 60 per cent of its plants.
Meanwhile, Planters has seen turnover grow to £5.95m. The Tamworth-based garden centre has another centre, Garden King, in Derbyshire. Sales were up 8% in the year to 31 December 2016 and gross profit increased 15% to £2.95m.  Tamworth restaurant business was up 33% after refurbishment.

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