UK: Next and Homebase Announce Garden Centre Tie-up.

Next shoppers will be able to pick up a pot plant with their polo shirts from Monday, after the retailer announced a tie-up that will see the DIY chain Homebase put mini garden centres in its fashion stores.

The partnership between the two retailers will see Homebase garden centres open within the Next stores in Shoreham, Ipswich, Warrington, Camberley, Bristol and Sheffield.

Damian McGloughlin, chief executive of Homebase, said: “We’re delighted to be joining forces with Next and bringing our garden products and expertise to its stores. It’s all part of our wider commitment to make shopping with us easier and provide even more inspiration and expert advice.

“We’re a great nation of gardeners, with more and more people enjoying the benefits of gardening and being outside. The launch of these new garden centres means we’re able to offer more gardeners, both experienced and those just starting out, Homebase products in more locations across the country.”

The company has announced it is also planning to open more of its small-format kitchen and decorating stores adding a new site in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. The openings will bring the total number of Homebase’s smaller stores to six across Guildford, Cheadle and Sutton.