Solid trading during first May bank holiday welcomed by garden centre owners

Good solid sales at the start of May indicate a move away from the 'boom and bust' sales cycle that has hit retail in recent years, say owners.

Garden centre customer
Garden centre customer

The GCA has said the first May bank holiday was "probably the best weekend of the spring" with sales 15 per cent up on last couple of years and about level with previous years.

Fresh@Burcot owner Neil Gow said: "The bank holiday brought solid trade. We sold a lot of plants and gardening and bedding is just beginning to go. If bank holiday Monday comes along absolutely right it can be the biggest of the year but that is usually because problems have come before or will come after, so we're very happy. After boom comes bust so good solid trade is much better."
Poplars managing director David Little said: "The first May bank holiday in 2014 was a real gardeners’ weekend. While not a record breaker, we are very satisfied with the sales we recorded. It was fantastic to see trolleys full of plants going through our tills. Just about everyone must be growing veg this year – judging by the number of tomato plants we sold."

Trelawney@Wadebridge and Trelawney@Ashford garden centres general manager Peter Burks said: "Very few holidaymakers were around in either Devon or Cornwall as Easter and this Bank Holiday were so close together. The good weather Saturday and Sunday sent everyone off to other events, but on Monday all our regulars were out and in a gardening mood as the weather wasn’t as nice. Plants and the restaurants did well."

However Haskins chief executive Julian Winfield had a less positive message: "Bedding plants sales were poor and furniture sales have also been poor during the last week, with availability hitting sales," he said.

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