First Franchise see 'weatherproofing' of garden centres

Concessions are helping to weather-proof garden centre sales, according First Franchise.

Franchises such as The Edinburgh Woollen Mill are helping buoy up a difficult season for garden retailers - image: HW
Franchises such as The Edinburgh Woollen Mill are helping buoy up a difficult season for garden retailers - image: HW
Brands such as Pets Corner, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, The Works, Mountain Warehouse, Shuropody, Roman Originals and Cotton Traders have opened new stores this year and are reporting "resilient" sales in their garden centre locations, said the company, which finds concession operators for garden retailers.

First Franchise MD Keith McIntyre said:

"Traditionally concessions have been a means to complement the existing garden centre offer, however, we are now experiencing a change which incorporates concessions into the financial model of the garden centres as well as an integral piece of their retail offer.

"Despite the recent bad weather we are still looking for space in suitable garden centres and have a range of operators to suit with pets, camping, clothing and aquatics still proving to be the most popular."

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