Cotton Traders has opened its 50th concession, with its first at a garden centre opening in 2000. Sixty per cent of its stores are in garden centres with the rest in retail villages, and the company plans 20 more a year in garden centres during the next three years through First Franchise. Turnover is now £70m, with 36 per cent from retail and 59 per cent from home shopping, with five per cent wholesale.
Nauticalia, which retails nautical gifts, has opened a concession at Notcutts Garden Centre in Maidstone, its first in a garden centre. Hire Station now has stands in 150 garden centres that earn commission on equipment hired.