A Lurgan-based garden center has announced a six-figure investment in the acquisition and redevelopment of a garden nursery as it responds to supply chain disruption impacting overseas imports.
With funding support from Ulster Bank, Wilderness Flower & Garden Centre, based on Flush Place, Lurgan, has acquired Hoophill Nurseries, situated on a six-acre plot on the outskirts of the County Armagh town just a few miles from its main trading premises.
Featuring approximately three acres of glass growing houses, the nursery will supply the garden center with its own ranges while owner Kyle Archer says the business will also begin trading wholesale, acting as a locally-based supplier for other florists throughout Northern Ireland seeking a reliable and consistent supply of garden products.
"We have significant scope to increase our sales volumes, but Brexit-related supply chain issues mean we’re contending with inconsistent and unreliable lead times,” Kyle explained. “This acquisition will help us to ensure a consistent supply for our own business while providing us with the capacity to take on a leading role in the local market as we scale up our operation over the next two years and begin selling surplus stock at the wholesale level.”
The site also features a large warehouse that is currently under renovation and will see the development of modern office facilities from which to grow the wholesale side of the business.
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