Hot sellers - Restaurant/screening/chimeneas

Retailer: Azure Garden Centre, Cramlington, Northumberland

Azure Garden Centre has joined the Future Marketing Group. Manager Wayne Cameron said because it was a smaller centre, joining the group would give it a financial advantage in buying products and developing promotions. He added that it was planning to move its cash and carry to join up with the garden centre, allowing customers to buy specimen plants more easily. He said: "They're two separate operations at the moment and this way we could bring everything together."

Restaurant: Work has begun this week on a £500,000 upgrade of the restaurant, which has been in strong demand in the past week. Cameron said: "It's one of those areas you've got to get looking right to get the customers in."

Screening: Rolls of screen material have been popular as people make up frames and install wind breaks.

Chimeneas: The outdoor clay ovens have been a hit in Northumberland. Cameron said: "I think people are buying them to burn things like bank statements in them now, rather than throwing them out."


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