Progress slows for gardening offer at Next

Growth at Next Home & Garden is believed to be slowing, with plans for 24 stores behind schedule.

Next trialled a Home & Garden store in Shoreham, West Sussex, in 2011 and has since developed stores in Camberley, Ipswich, Warrington and Wilmslow. Bristol Cribbs Causeway opened April and Hedge End (Southampton) will open in July. Some 80,000sq m of retail space was planned.

The new 3,500 sq m Bristol store on two floors includes the retailer's first UK bed shop, home and furniture collections, Costa Coffee and a garden centre on a 10-year FRI lease from M&G Real Estate/INTU.

But Next has made garden, fresh flowers and plants buyer Jeremy Hall redundant after a restructure. His workload has been divided among the rest of the garden team - Maria Hughes was the other senior buyer in the area.

A Next representative said: "We've been putting in planning but sometimes it takes a lot longer than we hoped for."

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