Longacres Ashford to offer new services

Longacres, the new owner of the former Bybrook Barn garden centre in Ashford, Kent, has seen a quick sales uplift after local interest was piqued by news of the sale of the business.

Nigel Long and Terry Burch
Nigel Long and Terry Burch

Longacres plans a new look inside and out at Ashford with a chilled flower room and floristry service and expanded ranges of products in all departments.

The website http://longacres.co.uk will offer a click and collect service at Ashford, a new drive-thru area for easy collection of bulkier items, a family restaurant, the addition of a large toy department that will be completed in time for Christmas, a new house plant area and a grand opening this autumn with exclusive offers and fun.

The new owner is working on IT systems and selling off old ranges.

The garden centre was bought from Terry Burch, who started the business 41 years ago. Now in his eighties, Burch is retiring.

Longacres has three outlets in Surrey: its flagship Bagshot centre (which has been the number one turnover garden centre in the UK for seven years), Longacres Shepperton which opened in 2013, plus a smaller operation in Chobham.

Nigel Long and his sisters Carol and Julie manage Longacres. His parents Peter and Mary are still involved in the day-to-day running of the sites. 

Bybrook Barn employs 27 staff at the Ashford garden centre and Longacres plans to expand this.

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