Garden centre forced to close by Olympic cycling

Garson's garden centre in Esher, Surrey, has been forced to close because of the Olympic cycling.

Garsons garden centre - image: HW
Garsons garden centre - image: HW

Team GB favourite Bradley Wiggins will race through the town on 1 August in the cycling time trial. But a centre representative said the closed roads meant that the centre would be so quiet it wasn’t worth opening.

She added:

"We’re closing for the whole day. The roads are closed all round and that really affects us. We were open at the weekend but it was very, very quiet. Not many people could get here – I couldn’t get here myself. It's all a bit of a pain."

Other Surrey garden centres have seen trade hit by up to 25 per cent because of the cycling events.

Road races on Saturday and Sunday 28-29 July passed through the county on the way to Box Hill and back to The Mall, with many roads closed for most of the weekend.

Squire’s MD Dennis Espley said:

"The big issue for us is the cycling. It’s really noticeable that last week in our centres away from the route at Washington and Stanmore they were near to last year’s sales but others were up to 25 per cent down at West Horsley, Cobham, Hersham and even Shepperton. And the cycling time trial on 1 August will affect Hersham. The cycling’s areas are our areas. They have been opening the roads and hour and a half after the race but a lot of people don’t know they are going to be cleared so they stayed at home."

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