Perrywood Garden Centre suffers loss because of ‘The Beast From The East’

by | Mar 5, 2018 | Business, Independents, News | 0 comments

Perrywood

Perrywood Garden Centre, an award-winning garden centre, will lose out on more than ?50,000 takings because of the snow blasts last week. The garden centre in?Tiptree, shut on the second day of bad weather when many roads across the region became impassable.

From Monday to Wednesday the store were ?37,000 down, compared to the same three days the week before.

Taking into account last Thursday and Friday, manager of the family-run business Simon Bourne, says this will increase to in excess of ?50,000.

He said: “We would normally take ?15,000 per day in that week. On Wednesday we didn’t take a single penny but every day this week has been very short.

“There were barely any customers in, but I doubt we would have made more than a few hundred pounds anyway.

“We have the misfortune of being on a hill which causes problems for our car park if there is lots of snow.

“The roads were pretty bad that morning, lorries were struggling to get uphill and quite a lot of our staff live a few miles away so it was definitely the right decision to close.”

A kind builder got the garden centre up and running again by clearing the car park ready for the next day.

But because of how the gardening season works, the best is yet to come.

Mother’s Day usually kicks off the demand for flowers and bank holidays during Easter and May, accompanied by the warmer weather, will entice people into their gardens and into nurseries.

Therefore this short-term loss is not the “be all and end all”.

He said: “If you go back historically, it’s rare you get a perfect season, there will always be ups and down.

“Our seasonality is more than other retail shops because weather is the most important factor.

“If you have a really good March that may be cancelled out by a bad April, but March to May are our three most important months.”

Trading at garden centres also fluctuate according to trends which is working in favour of the industry right now.

He added: “There’s a large trend towards having gardening items in your home so people are becoming interested in plants who have never owned one before.

“Lots more youngsters, who five years ago would never step foot into a garden centre, are now shopping with us so we’re trying to follow these trends and in some cases influence them.”

source

more latest news ➡

Squire's achieves peat free milestone

Squire’s achieves peat free milestone

Squire’s Garden Centres has confirmed that it no longer sells any bagged compost containing peat. The UK government proposed to ban the sale of bagged compost containing peat to home gardeners in England by the end of 2024. Although the ban is not yet in force,...

Horticultural manager wanted

Opportunity for horticultural manager

A garden centre in the Ipswich area is looking for a new horticultural manager to run the plant area. The new recruit will lead and develop a small team whilst enjoying the freedom to make decisions. Garden Centre Horticultural Manager £32 – 35,000 + Package &...

2024 GIMA Awards judges announced

GIMA Awards 2024 judges announced

As the gardening season gets underway in earnest, the team at GIMA are looking ahead to November when the winners of the 2024 GIMA Awards will be announced. But first, the judges need to deliberate. Here, GIMA reveals who will be making the tough decisions this...

Boost bacK for TV advertising campaign in Spring

Boost back on TV this Spring

Boost, the All-Purpose Liquid Plant Feed from Westland Horticulture, is back on TV this April in the UK and ROI, driving awareness and preference ahead of the peak season. Following the success of Boost, which is the fastest growing* plant food on the market,...

Dobbies launches new spring advertising campaign

Dobbies gears up for season with new Spring campaign

Dobbies has unveiled a new advertising campaign, “Spring’s OUR thing”, developed in partnership with creative agency, elvis. Launching during National Gardening Week (29 April – 5 May), the campaign has been developed based on insight that people feel more...

Blackbrooks installs new PV panels

Blackbrooks set to save £45k on energy costs

Blackbrooks, a family-run garden centre that has been part of the Sussex community since 1982 has won awards for innovative thinking and is now investing in a cutting edge solar system. The 287 Trina solar PV panel array has been installed at the 10-acre garden...

Read GCR's latest edition!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word

 

Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This