Golden Acres closes one site but aims to expand

Plans for business to expand are revealed

Bournemouth-based Golden Acres Nurseries is seeking potential new sites in the South following the closure of its Yeovil garden centre. Golden Acres operations director Simon Edwards said the company was always “on the look out” for garden centres, particularly in a 160km radius of Bournemouth, and now sought wholesale cash-and-carry sites catering for landscapers to add to its stable. He added: “Our wholesale site in Bournemouth has been very successful so we’re looking to expand that, but we think there are sites around other large towns where there would be opportunities.” Three full-time and four part-time staff will lose their jobs when the Yeovil centre shuts next month. Edwards said the decision to close it was made because there was no way to expand the car park or add a coffee shop on the small site. He said: “We want to go forward and there is no point trying to go forward where you can’t.” While the garden centre industry was enduring a tough trading period, Edwards had no qualms about embarking on a buying programme. “Life is not as easy as it once was, but there are many opportunities out there and we have identified plenty of them. Now we want to go forward and attack them.” He believes Golden Acres will emerge stronger because difficult trading conditions have forced it to critically explore its operations. He said: “Those who bury their heads in the sand will suffer.”

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