Yankee Candles Europe rolled out 83 unmanned concessions at the Garden Centre Group in a month late last year, with another eight opening in December.
Ten per cent of the company's £50m turnover comes through retail concessions. The typical garden centre concession is 14sq m, featuring 600 products.Merchandisers refill from stock for which garden centres pay when it sells.
Art@Home is launching 10 garden centre concessions in 2011 to sell art, frames and framing services. Sizes are 65-93sq m (manned) and 28sq m (unmanned).
Cotton Traders now has 56 concessions in garden centres and plans to open 45 over the next three years. The clothing company has a new 74-140sq m format.
Meanwhile, outdoor clothes companies Mountain Warehouse, Cotswold Outdoors and Yeomans Outdoor Leisure are looking to move into garden centres.