Growth as garden centre chain branches out

A well-known chain of garden centres has announced it is scouring the country for potential new sites as it embarks on a major national expansion programme.

Leading chartered surveyors Johnson Fellows has been appointed by Haskins Garden Centres to find 7-to-10 acre freehold, roadside sites in locations ranging from St Albans and Swindon in the south, to Solihull and Bromsgrove in the West Midlands.

Bournemouth-based Haskins already has four garden centres in the south of England, employing more than 150 people and achieving a turnover last year of ?33 million.

Ken Salway, consultant at Birmingham-based Johnson Fellows, said: ?Haskins is a very successful family owned company with four high quality, destination garden centres offering products for the garden and home alongside restaurants and cafes serving freshly prepared meals.

?It?s a successful business model which they want to replicate at sites within a three-hour drive of their head office. Sites we will consider must have a retail catchment population in excess of 150,000 people. Ideally, the sites will be non-green belt ? preferably brownfield – with potential for some A1 open floorspace and in a highly visible destination location.

?We are already looking closely at two possible new sites, and we are keen to hear from other landowners who may have a site that fulfills all our criteria.?




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