In pictures: How Dobbies is planting new seeds of growth

Dobbies Edinburgh cactus

After its recent acquisition of 31 Wyevale Garden Centres made Dobbies the biggest garden group in the UK, Retail Week visits its new-look destination store in Edinburgh to talk to boss Graeme Jenkins and chair Andrew Bracey about their vision for the business.

Even on a rainy midweek day Dobbies’ car park in Lasswade, Edinburgh, is jam packed with customers.

At 55,000 sq ft the new-model store not only sells everything that might be expected from a garden centre but has been curated to include several ranges from brands such as Hotel Chocolat, L’Occitaine, JoulesBooths, Cook, Nespresso and even a local butcher. 

The store also has an onsite restaurant that has the feel of a local café and serves homemade food.

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