Industry reaction to Dobbies situation

As HW went to press, HTA commercial director Andrew Maxted said the Dobbies buyout situation had created uncertainty across the industry.

“But I think the industry is pretty well accepting if it wasn’t this summer there would be another bid soon.” He said the supermarkets had made no secret of their intention to target the garden centre sector and most garden retail businesses had been gearing up to compete with major retailers. “We’re seeing more investment going into garden centres, not just with the chains but among independents as well.” Business adviser Leslie Kossoff said she believed Hunter would not be willing to let Tesco “take the market and run with it on its own”. She said: “Hunter is not finished and Tesco is just starting. The key for garden retailers is to watch how this is played out and see how they want to position themselves.”

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