Garden centre supplier Town & Country joins EP Barrus

EP Barrus has bought gloves and boots garden centre supplier Town & Country.

Bicester-based E P Barrus brands include Cub Cadet, Lawnflite, Agri-Fab, WOLF-Garten, Wilkinson Sword and Energizer.

The acquisition marks the 100-year anniversary for E P Barrus, which is owned 50/50 by US company MTD.

The Town & Country premises in Leicestershire are to close which will lead to redundancies in the head office. Members of the sales team will have the opportunity to move to the Barrus distribution centre at Bicester.

Town & Country’s founder and chairman Barry Page is to retire and his son Jamieson Page will also be leaving the business.

Barrus managing director Robert Muir said: "Barry Page has run a good ship and built an amazing brand. which has great synergy with our current line-up of premium gardening brands."

Barry Page said: "I am delighted to be selling to a like-minded company whose ethos and culture is extremely compatible to that of Town & Country."

Town & Country has been on the market for some time as Page looked to retire.


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