Wyevale sales double in March

Wyevale Garden Centres chief executive officer Nicholas Marshall reported that the centre doubled trade the week before last.

Wyevale sales were up 100.4% in a "true like for like" comparison up to the end of 22 March, Marshall said.

Marshall said he had "never seen Mother's Day busier than Easter" and was amazed that this year's sales beat the same week in 2008, when it was Easter.
He added that last week "looked very good, if not quite as good as the week before" and said supplies "were fine".

"We book a lot of stock and have been talking to suppliers to make sure we have adequate stocks. In the end we don't know how well we're going to do but it could be a nice problem to have for once."

Marshall added that setting up five new nurseries at Wyevale meant plant supply problems would be less of an issue in the future.

Wyevale grows at Bridgemere, Heighley Gate, Woodlands, Old Barn and Church Lawford. The group is developing nurseries under nursery manager Paul Masters at Beverley, Henley-on-Thames, Romney Marsh and Alfold, with four more to come in 2010.

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