Traffic jams build for Reigate Garden Centre closing down sale

by | Jun 14, 2018 | Business, Independents, News | 0 comments


?Ridiculous? traffic has built up around Reigate Garden Centre as the invitation only stage of?its huge closing down?sale begins.

Large traffic queues have built up in the Woodhatch and South Park areas on Wednesday (June 14) areas as an estimated 5,000 customers attempt to visit the centre.

Police are in attendance to marshal traffic and Metrobus have tweeted to say that two of its bus routes are being diverted up Cockshot Hill from the Angel pub until further notice to avoid the traffic.

Owner of Reigate Garden Centre, Gary Tiley, said: ?It?s been ridiculous, the traffic is backed up as far as I can see and the police are out dealing with the traffic.

?I think there must have been about 5000 customers and they?re queuing down the road.

?It?s invitation only today. It opens to the public on Friday but this is a private sale for two days for loyalty members.?

The centre closed to the public on Saturday, June 9 to prepare for the sale and, following the two-day invitation only event, will reopen to the public on Friday, June 15.

The centre will have to officially close on October 31 due to plans to build hundreds of new homes on surrounding land.

Mr Tiley has said that ?1.5 million of stock will have to be sold in the sale and that some items will be reduced as much as 70 per cent.

Reporter Mark Davison who witnessed the traffic near the centre has described the scene.

He said: ?It?s pandemonium. There is traffic chaos across the whole of South Park. The garden centre are saying it takes an hour and a half to get into the car park and to come back later in the day.

?Some people are attempting three point turns in the middle of the road too which adds to the chaos.

?Inside, the queues to the tills are over 100 yards long with scores of people snaking around the building with their trolleys laden.

?One elderly couple has come from Merstham and they told me that they?d given up and put all the stuff back, the queues are horrendous to get to the checkout.

?The closing sale today and tomorrow is just for customers who have to arrive with their invitation letter.

?There are two police officers there who are directing traffic with the help of the garden staff as the temperatures rise and motorists get hot under the collar on this blazing morning.”


more latest news ➡

Burgon & Ball wins four stars at RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Burgon & Ball, creator of beautiful garden tools since 1730, has won four stars from the Royal Horticultural Society for its stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024. In its twenty-seventh year at the show, the Sheffield-based company has been honoured for the...

BOT shows catering performing well

Clothing and catering strong in April’s BoT figures

The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) for April is out and shows clothing and catering leading the way when compared to the same month last year. There was also a positive, 3.77%, year-to-date variance, but 10 of the 13 categories recorded...

Hozelock auto reel mobile

Hozelock unveils ground-breaking automatic hose system

The demands of modern gardening have evolved as consumers search for more convenient and efficient methods for an array of tasks, from planting and pruning to garden watering. This year, Hozelock has expanded its’ extensive hose storage offering with the launch of...

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 &...

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