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Wyevale aka The Garden Centre Group now Wyevale

Discussion in 'Retailer Feedback' started by Kristen, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. Kristen

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    So The Garden Centre Group, formerly Wyevale, is now changing its name to:

    ... wait for it! ...

    Wyevale :heehee:

    Stupid name change in the first place of course, hopefully former chief executive Nicholas Marshall now realises how crass the original change was, and that we have all been referring to Wyevale anyway ...
     
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      But with a new logo, that will make all the difference! Do we now call them Wyevale (formerly Garden Centre Group)?
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      My local Wyevale (formerly Garden Centre Group) only got around to changing their signage about a year ago, wonder how long it'll take them to change it back?
       
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      There's also The Garden Centre, formerly Blooms, soon to be Wyevale, to consider :heehee:
       
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      And Country Gardens (formerly Garden Centre Group) now becoming Wyevale.

      Life will be so much simpler.

      P.S. I wonder just how they realised Wyevale had such 'high levels of awareness', did they read posts on gardening forums and realise most people still call them that all these years after they changed their name?

      Mrs Scrungee suggested it's got nothing to do with 'high levels of awareness' amongst gardeners, but that most of them are daft old gits who can't cope with change. I've held exactly the same opinion for over 50 years.
       
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      I think its because Terra Firma, who have only owned The Garden Centre Group for a couple of years, are shaping up to flog it.

      Make the most of this year's 50p-a-packet sale ...
       
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        Wyevales became "Gardening Club" around here.
         
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        Does anyone buy from them? I find them incredibly expensive ... I call in a couple of times a month and check the discount rack, usually some abandoned plants at 50% off which are then a reasonable price, but rarely a bargain.

        Rows of Rhododendrons and not a handkerchief sized plot of acid soil within driving distance.

        Ridiculous vegetable plug plants on sale - I think I saw Leek seedlings the other day ... certainly there were plants unsuitable for Autumn planting

        They are always trying to get me to use their Tea room ... the one here is just on the edge of town, not particularly out-of-town, and I would have thought that anyone wanting a cuppa could find far more enticing places to go
         
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        The 'formerly Blooms' is still Blooms at most places. Blooms of Bressingham bought up about eight garden centres, renamed them all Blooms, and then got into trouble because they had overstretched themselves. So The Garden Centre Group bought them but found that the locals preferred, and trusted, Blooms. so they kept the name. I don't know whether they'll be changing those.

        Either way, I won't pay their prices (ridiculous, except when on special offer) and the last time I went into one of their places (the GC July Meet :blue thumb:) their vegetables that were on sale had gone so leggy that they were falling all over the place. The half price offer was definitely not worth it.
         
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        Was talked into becoming a member about two years ago which didn't benefit me much as I live too far away (25 miles) to just pop in but last year I did go in and saw some half price hanging baskets and stands which at half price I thought was OK. It turned out that there were two in a pack and as a member I also got 50% off that day so perhaps I was just lucky, no idea whether that sort of offer is a regular thing or not.
         
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          Probably Wyevale :lunapic 130165696578242 5:
           
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                Wyevale lost £105 million in the last year. Difficult to believe a large GC can lose money. Full to busting every weekend plus top prices in a lot of cases.
                I thought a large GC was a licence to print money. Our local one a mile away has bought himself an Aston Martin :blue thumb:
                 
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