Dobbies Garden Centres sales up 22 per cent

Sales at Dobbies Garden Centres rose 22 per cent last year to £136.4m, with pre-tax profits up six per cent to £10.5m in the year to 29 February 2012.

Dobbies is planning a a joint store with Tesco in King’s Lynn in Norfolk (Image: Dobbies)
Dobbies is planning a a joint store with Tesco in King’s Lynn in Norfolk (Image: Dobbies)
Sales the previous year stood at £112m at the Tesco-owned garden centre chain.

Six outlets opened last year, taking the total to 32.

New sites in the pipeline include East Kilbride and York, as well as a joint store with Tesco in King’s Lynn in Norfolk.

Dobbies Garden Centres chief executive James Barnes said, "Despite a more challenging trading environment, investment in our business was our key focus last year – we invested in six new state-of-the-art centres throughout the UK and employed over 600 new members of staff.

"We have introduced more value lines into the business with our quality but value-driven "Essentials" brand which has gone down well with customers.   We have also introduced a number of offers into our restaurants, allowing customers to enjoy Dobbies as a leisure destination."

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