Festive displays at Tong garden centre have been named the best in the North East of England by a trade association for the second year running.
Tong Garden Centre was judged on the range, merchandising, marketing, presentation and displays of Christmas lines including trees, decorations, tableware, candles, giftware and food during the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) inspection for its annual Christmas Competition.
Not only did team at Tong win the prestigious accolade for a second consecutive year, but they were awarded a score 87.19 per cent. The GCA class a score between 80-90% as excellent to outstanding.
Winners are selected for their ability to demonstrate a real ‘wow factor’ by showcasing their product range with innovative and inspirational displays that create excitement and a festive ambience.
Tong Commercial Manager Sharon McNair said: “Congratulations to everyone – it’s a great result and well deserved. Christmas at Tong really is a massive team effort and every department within the centre has contributed to its success.
“The really significant thing is gaining a score that is over 10 per cent higher than last year’s total, showing a huge jump in the team’s delivery this year.”
Established in 1966, the GCA champions professionalism in garden centre retailing. Every year, its 200 members throughout the UK and Northern Ireland must undergo a comprehensive annual inspection to ensure they continue to meet the stringent criteria set out by the association and therefore maintain membership.
Tong Garden Centre’s Christmas offering includes a new Christmas Cabin, a giant Snow globe, Santa’s Grotto, weekly tasting events in the Food Hall and extended opening hours.