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  • Haskins opens Christmas departments at all centres

    Haskins is celebrating after a successful launch of its Christmas department across all centres.
    Customers can browse a variety of gifts. These is plenty suitable for green-fingered adults, as well as plenty to choose from for beginner gardeners.
    There’s also a wide range of decorations available.
    Real pot-grown trees will be available at Haskins from Monday October 29. Real cut trees will be available from Monday November 19.
    For customers that prefer artificial trees, these are also available.
    Haskins anticipates welcoming over a million visitors to its centres in the lead up to Christmas.
    Christmas gifts, decorations and trees equate to 8.9% of the yearly sales (excluding the restaurant).
    Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins, commented: “We have worked hard to ensure we remain on the map as a must-visit Christmas destination.
    “We’ve received great feedback from customers who have visited us already for ‘early bird’ Christmas shopping. We look forward to welcoming plenty more as Christmas draws closer.”
    Customers can take a photo in Haskins’ ‘Selfie Throne’ and share on social media to get in the festive spirit.
    Conna Powles, buying director, commented: “We want customers to be able to shop depending on their preferred Christmas theme.
    “We start working on Christmas in December the previous year. We have had all year to perfect our themes for the festive season.”

    Haskins Christmas lunches

    Haskins is also taking bookings for festive Christmas lunches.
    They start from Monday December 3.
    With a choice between two or three courses, it’s ideal for a celebration.
    Dean Ridley, head of retail operations at Haskins, commented: “Some might say it’s too early to open a Christmas department.
    “We’re finding that more and more people are enjoying visiting early. They spread the cost of Christmas over the course of a few months.
    “Can you ever have too much Christmas cheer?”
    Haskins has centres in Dorset, Southampton and West Sussex.
    Keep your eye on for upcoming articles on ideal Christmas menus and displays

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