Wholesale plant supplier Robin Tacchi Plants is opening a cash and carry near its nursery site in Norfolk.
It is hoped the cash and carry will help make the nursery's products available to smaller landscaping contractors. The service is being launched at the nursery's retail site, which has easy access from the A11.
"We're offering a service for landscape customers that's not available in the area and this is a unique facility in that it has a wholesale nursery nearby," said Robin Tacchi Plants marketing director Gill Tacchi. "It will give access to the products and varieties we offer to the landscape industry and to smaller contractors in the area."
She explained that it was hard to cater for smaller customers because the nursery was not geared up to having people on site. "It's difficult to have people walking around when there is a lot of heavy machinery. A lot of people want to look at plants before they buy them and that's difficult for us to do.
"A lot of the stuff is contract grown, and so people might get enthusiastic about something and then find it has already been sold."
The new facility is fully accessible to vehicles and can be stocked up easily from the nursery. "We are keeping it fairly small to start with, but the site has full access," said Tacchi. "This is just the start and the idea is to be a one-stop shop. There are plans to include hard landscaping material as well."
Robin Tacchi Plants held an open evening this week (12 October) to introduce the service to local contractors.
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A tough amenity market led Robin Tacchi Plants to focus more on the retail sector and it debuted at Four Oaks in 2010. Its retail site started in late spring.
"We are bringing landscape plants to the retail sector," said marketing director Gill Tacchi. "The pots are not as clean or beautiful as you might find in a garden centre and there are no big labels. It's what is in the pot that we are pushing - and the information to go with it"