Garden centre concession operator ProCook aiming for 40 outlets by end of 2018

ProCook chief executive Steve Sanders says the business is looking to grow its outlets in the garden centre market following its establishment at three sites owned by Notcutts, Country Market, Pugh's and Wyevale Huntingdon.

Sanders said with Huntingdon opening in May, there was scope to increase concessions at garden centre chains and independents. 
ProCook also has external outlets at Trentham and Evesham Country Park. The business has 32 outlets in total and plans to have 40 by the end of 2018. 
Said Sanders: "We're looking for quite a bit of that growth from garden centres. It's about finding the right centres and partners to work with."
Sanders said having a specialist operator within a garden centre suits many destination garden retailers. ProCook staffs its own concessions, owns its own stock, and fits out and runs its own tills.
Bake Off and Masterchef on BBC TV have given the products "a little spin" said Sanders by giving a higher profile to cooking and baking and "tapping into the British psyche of preparing meals for others".
* Ladies fashion retailer Bonmarche Holdings has reported "disappointing" sales in its fourth quarter but said financial year 2018 profits will be in line with expectations.
Like-for like sales through the chain's stores fell 11.1% in the three months to March. Online sales were better with a 31% rise in the fourth quarter, which reduced the like-for-like decline for the period to 7.4% overall. Annual sales fell by 1.5% on a similar LFL basis.
Bonmarche has 300 outlets including garden centre concessions such as Pugh's Radyr, which opened recently.

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