GTN May 2022 - Garden Trade News UK

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Nick Rubins (centre) with some of the team from head office Cherry Lane - Pulham Market Garden Centre, Norfolk.

Coming of age for Cherry Lane

Celebrating 21 years of trading, Cherry Lane Garden Centres, where value is the name of the game, is on target to become the fifth largest garden centre group in the UK. Nick Rubins, Chief Executive, shares his thoughts on retailing, value for money and the company’s future.


he Rubins family has retail running through its veins and is currently in acquisition mode. As GTN goes to press we learn that Riverside Nursery & Garden Centre in Hockley, Essex will be the 17th garden centre, bringing the total to 20 if you include those within QD Stores. Another reason for celebration this year as the first Cherry Lane Garden Centre, part of the QD Commercial Group Holdings, opened 21 years ago in 2001. “We’re acquisitive as a family,” says Nick Rubins. “We’re looking to expand and we

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look at all the opportunities that come across myself and my father’s desk. It’s quite an interesting time, but we never say never. We don’t have an ultimate vision…. why limit yourself?” Since the 1930’s the family has been in business. Nick’s grandmother supplied clothing and his father, known as D.R. opened the first QD Store in Anglia Square, Norwich in 1985. Known for offering value, QD Stores can be found on high streets from the east of England and the home

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