Webbs garden centres boom thanks to pop-up shops and Hurrans buyout

Webbs garden centres are ahead of budget this Christmas after opening pop-up shops at Merryhill, Touchwood Solihull and Birmingham Pavilions shopping centres.

Chief executive Boyd Douglas-Davies said: "All are trading ahead of budget which was for reasonable growth on last year."

Webbs' new West Hagley centre in Worcestershire is 100 per cent on 2008 after Webbs bought the former Hurrans garden centre from administrators this summer.

Webbs will also take over Garden Organic's Ryton retail operation from February.

Meanwhile, the former Hurrans Churchdown Garden Centre in Gloucestershire has been mooted as a Tesco. The site is being run as a garden centre by locally based Evergreen Nurseries.

Grosvenor Garden Centre has opened a pop-up shop in Chester city centre. "A Taste of Grosvenor" sells kitchenware, toys, candles, gifts, cards, Christmas decorations and specialist foods.


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