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Dobbies acquires Johnsons Garden Centre

The deal expands the firm’s UK-wide portfolio of stores to 71, as the group has more than doubled its outlets since 2016

Dobbies, the garden centre retailer, has announced the acquisition of Johnsons Garden Centre for an undisclosed sum.

The deal expands Dobbies’ UK-wide portfolio of stores to 71, as the group has more than doubled its outlets since 2016.

The Boston venue has closed as of 19 April as the site undergoes refurbishments and reopens as a Dobbies venue on 30 April.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO at Dobbies, said: “We are delighted to welcome the team at Boston to Dobbies and over the coming weeks we will be investing in the store to bring it in line with our format. 

“This acquisition comes shortly after the opening of our second little Dobbies store in Bristol and we look forward to announcing more new stores in the near future.” 

David Issac, managing director at Johnsons, said that the takeover will “undoubtedly take the business to the next level”.

He added: “I am delighted that Dobbies Garden Centres will be taking over Johnsons, bringing with them a wealth of experience in garden centre retailing. 

“They will undoubtedly take the business to the next level. I wish everyone prosperity and happiness as the new owners make their mark and continue to nurture garden centre retailing in the area.” 

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