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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.
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    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.
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    There?s also a wide range of decorations available.
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    Real pot-grown trees will be available at Haskins from Monday October 29. Real cut trees will be available from Monday November 19.
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    For customers that prefer artificial trees, these are also available.
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    Haskins anticipates welcoming over a million visitors to its centres in the lead up to Christmas.
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    Christmas gifts, decorations and trees equate to 8.9% of the yearly sales (excluding the restaurant).
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    Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins, commented: ?We have worked hard to ensure we remain on the map as a must-visit Christmas destination.
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    “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.?
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    Customers can take a photo in Haskins? ?Selfie Throne? and share on social media to get in the festive spirit.
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    Conna Powles, buying director, commented: ?We want customers to be able to shop depending on their preferred Christmas theme.
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    “We start working on Christmas in December the previous year. We have had all year to perfect our themes for the festive season.?
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    Haskins Christmas lunches

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    Haskins is also taking bookings for festive Christmas lunches.
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    They start from Monday December 3.
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    With a choice between two or three courses, it?s ideal for a celebration.
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    Dean Ridley, head of retail operations at Haskins, commented: ?Some might say it?s too early to open a Christmas department.
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    “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.
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    “Can you ever have too much Christmas cheer??
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    Haskins has centres in Dorset, Southampton and West Sussex.
    Keep your eye on www.gardencentreretail.com for upcoming articles on ideal Christmas menus and displays

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