Dobbies garden centres' James Barnes outlines growth plans

Dobbies garden centres has plans for a new centre in Gillingham, Kent, to add to its centres to be opened this year at Carlisle, Liverpool and Peterborough.

Dobbies chief executive James Barnes outlines ambition for the group - image: HW
Dobbies chief executive James Barnes outlines ambition for the group - image: HW
East Kilbride is also at the planning stage for the 29-centre group.

Speaking to the Scotsman about Dobbies owner Tesco, which recently saw Phil Clarke replace Sir Terry Leahy as CEO, Dobbies chief executive James Barnes said:
"The new Tesco structure has a greater UK focus and I think that will assist us in terms of communication."

Barnes added on new centres: "When it opens in September our Peterborough site will be the first of our stores to feature an 'eco product' department. It will offer a whole range of products allowing people to lead a more sustainable life.

"We also aim to get to the situation where we can build a carbon neutral garden centre. If there's any retail business that needs to have first class environmental credentials it's us."

Barnes added: "Our ambition is for Dobbies to become the leading brand in UK horticultural retailing and that's what certainly gets me up in the morning.

"There's still a lot of ambition there and it would be good to see it materialise."

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