Winfield said told the BPOA conference at Stoneleigh that garden centres are "long-term
businesses" and that private equity owners are looking to double their money in five or six
Winfield added that "hates it" when people new to the industry say they need a "real retailer" to run garden centres.
Winfield added; "We are real retailers. I've seen lots of people come in with the sole objective of
making money - and they don't make money. I question whether private equity will be successful."
The future Garden Centre Association chairman added that the £32m turnover Haskins business
has long-term goals to build new centres on two brownfield sites and to redevelop its Snowhill site.