Associated Independent Stores launches replacement for GRO buying group

The replacement for the Garden Centre Association's disbanded GRO buying group will be launched later this month to its 10 garden centre members.

Associated Independent Stores (AIS) will launch Inside Out, a garden-centre buying group, on 25-27 August at its Solihull headquarters.

Inside Out has 10 garden centre members: Grosvenor, Garsons, Trelawney, Millbrook, Barton Grange, All in One, Pennells, EH Williams, St Peters and Raglan.

AIS representative Anthony Holloway said: "The Houseware Show is to be held here at AIS. The focus of the show is kitchenware, china and glass, cutlery and small electricals.

"We will have department stores, category specialists and garden centres in attendance.

"We will feature exclusive products, bulk purchase deals and some of the brand leaders from the category. All of the suppliers in attendance are preferred AIS suppliers, selected to attend by our product team."

GRO disbanded last month after failing to generate a viable number of members. AIS is the largest non-food buying group in the UK, with 270 independent retailer members.


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