Wyevale Garden Centres has reported a ‘record-breaking’ increase in sales during the month of May.
The garden retailer reported its highest ever opening weekend, up 61% on the same weekend in 2017, followed by a record week of sales, up 39% on the previous year.
Pot bedding plants experienced the biggest-selling month to date, up 30% on last year with over £1.2m plants sold. In anticipation of the hotter temperatures, watering sales increased by 22%.
Roger McLaughlan, CEO of Wyevale Garden Centres, said: “The later spring has brought with it high demand from gardeners as they make up for lost time. We’ve seen a spectacular lift throughout May and are confident this appetite will continue into the season ahead.”
The group’s owners, private equity firm Terra Firma, recently announced it will be selling the Wyevale Garden Centres group.
Steve Rodell, managing director of retail at Christie & Co, said: “The garden centre market is vibrant and on an upwards trajectory. In recent years garden centres have become much more than places just to buy plants, evolving to become wider leisure and retail destinations with play centres for children, restaurants and other activities designed to improve the shopping experience.”