Dobbies bucks retail trend as sales reach £252m amid lockdown

Dobbies Garden Centres Graeme Jenkins Andrew Bracey
During the period, the group acquired 31 new stores
// Dobbies sales rose 51% to £252m in the 53 weeks to March 1
// On a like-for-like basis, sales increased 6% during the period
// Underlying EBITDA rose by 39% to £25m

Dobbies Garden Centres has reported a sales rise of 51 per cent to £252 million in the 53 weeks to March 1, 2020.

On a like-for-like basis, sales increased by six per cent during the period.

The group also increased its underlying EBITDA by 39 per cent to £25 million.

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“We have a clear strategy for growth at Dobbies and we are encouraged by the progress made during FY19/20,” Dobbies chairman Andrew Bracey said.

“The business has continued to demonstrate its resilience as we navigate the challenges of Covid-19.”

During the period, the group acquired 31 new stores.

It now has 69 garden centres nationwide, the largest of which is in Morpeth.

Dobbies chief executive Graeme Jenkins said: “During FY19/20, Dobbies delivered a robust performance through a period of significant change.

“I would like to thank all of our team members for their support and commitment. In line with our strategy, we are continuing to grow and invest in Dobbies. This includes in our garden centre network, our customer offer and our team.”

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  1. The strategy for 2021 is to cut staff levels down to the bare minimum.Many garden centre staff have been given redundancy consultation letters some have been working through the lockdowns keeping the company going. Half the staff are still on furlough and also under threat of redundancy, that’s how they make profit through cutting back staff and service !

  2. Dobbies are disgraceful from the very first lockdown they brought back in every store less than 25 per cent of staff who all volunteerd to return .
    Whilst the rest placed on furlough now all threatened with redundancy nice way to say thank you for working through the Pandemic.
    This is how Dobbies have made huge profits, care of the Government and the few workers who returned.


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