Dobbies Garden Centres plans retail villages

Dobbies has planning consent on three sites - Braehead, Dundee and Liverpool.

The 35-centre chain is looking at a further 18 over the next year or so, but has yet too confirm locations.

The 'villages' will be similar to the model at Chesterfield, where there are 13 tenants in the retail village.

Tesco sold Dobbies in June for £217m, to Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital and appointed John Cleland to replace Andy King soon afterwards.

Cleland said: "All offer benefit to local communities", adding to destination value to make a
wider catchment: "We should, be able to get good revenues expanding our shopping villages
if we get planning on these sites. It will make a big difference to our revenues."

Chesterfield has 13 shopping village concessions including Shuropody, Hotter, Pets at Home,
a new Crafter’s Companion and a pets grooming parlour to "offer a destination draw in categories we don’t do".

Cleland spoke at Glee this month on exit surveys of customers and investment plans.

See full John Cleland interview in Horticulture Week next issue.

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