Hurrans takes over Wyevale site

Garden group has bought West Midlands outlet

Hurrans Garden Centres has bought one of Wyevale’s surplus centres (HW, 8 July). The 0.7ha site includes 2,000sq m of covered retail space at Burcot, which is north of Bromsgrove in the West Midlands. Director Richard Hurran said booming consumer interest in the garden as an additional living space prompted Hurrans to buy its seventh centre. He added: “The weather has made it a difficult year for the industry but we’ve maintained good growth. With the help of our teams in the centres and the suppliers, we remain buoyant. “We’re really excited about Burcot. The size and location of the centre complements our group.” With further expansion planned, Hurrans is looking for departmental managers. Director James Hurran said: “We achieve a similar buying power to the multi-nationals, but retain the personal touch associated with the smaller independents. Customers really respond to this.” The other Hurrans centres are Churchdown (Gloucestershire), Banbury (Oxfordshire), Leamington (Warwickshire), West Hagley (West Midlands) and Langstone and Cowbridge (both in South Wales). The head office of Hurrans Garden Centres is at Staverton, Gloucestershire, and the group employs 230 employees. Pictured: Arthur Hurran (centre front) with sons Richard (back, left) and James (middle) and staff (left to right) Mike Stallard, Barbara Lee, Sarah Harrison, Alistair Bonson and centre manager Claire Davis.

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