Wyevale plans discount Christmas shopping weekend

Garden centres have had to have early sales to drive footfall ahead of Christmas.

Wyevale is planning a Christmas "shopping weekend" with half price offers throughout the store including on Christmas lights and artificial trees.

Customers also get £5 off a Christmas tree stand when they buy a real tree, a free orchid pot with any 12cm orchid plant and a free serving of Yule log or Christmas pudding with every traditional Christmas lunch.

Sanders general manager Peter Burks said: "The weekend is all about creating a festive fun atmosphere for visitors to the store to help fill them with glad tidings.

"There's a lot of ‘bah humbug' about at the moment and we want to spread some Christmas cheer and help lift people's spirits. We're also offering special discounts and offers on all sorts of items to help customers get more for their money during the current economic climate."

Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre in Bedfordshire cut 25% off Christmas stock for October and November to help drive early sales.

Manager Jason Breed said: The sale was to get people interested until we got Christmas trees in.

Homebase cut homegrown Christmas tree prices by 20%.

But Klondyke chairman Bob Gault said: We have a policy on no sales until after Christmas. I think it’s appalling to sell something at a price today and tomorrow reduce it substantially. It’s an insult to customers if it’s already priced at a fair price.
The CBI found November retail sales had fallen at their fastest monthly rate since the early 1980s in a survey.

The Government cut VAT by 2.5% from 1 December, a cut which non EPoS-using centres have given to customers at the till.

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