Garden Store buys Burford garden centre in Tenbury

The Garden Store has taken over Burford Garden Company's garden centre on a 10ha site at Burford House in Tenbury, Worcestershire.

Gilbert Evans acted on behalf of the Garden Store, which now operates eight centres. The other sites are Billing in Northampton, Charlecote in Warwick, Elton Hall in Cambridgeshire, Newton Regis in Tamworth, Pavilion in Wolverhampton, Studley Green in High Wycombe and Whilton Locks in Daventry. As a group, annual turnover will be £7.5m.

Oxfordshire-based Burford will retain the centre's Treasures of Tenbury name. The Garden Store has renamed it Burford House Garden Store and negotiated a new lease with the landlord.

Burford managing director Paul Gingell said: "Our thinking is that we need to focus on our main site and growing our online business. It's a good fit for the Garden Store and I wish them all the best for the future."

The £10m-turnover Burford has recently opened Burford Ark, selling smallholding products. Gingell said interiors, food and the children's section were up but "gardenalia" was quieter.

March and April were up so far and the hosepipe ban had yet to make an impact on sales, he added.

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