Homebase ‘You Cannot Be Serious’
Forgive the title but it is Wimbledon and I just love, love, love John McEnroe*. Anyway, yesterday I had to go to the tip to empty some sacks of garden waste from the plot. It just happens to be next to our local Homebase and on a whim, given it was raining and I feared I might not get my plant fix for the day, I decided to go and take a look.
Before you look at the pictures below it is worth noting that the strap line on the store front is ‘For Your Home & Garden’.
Now in general I want to be positive in these posts and yes there were some plants that were in reasonably good condition.
But why would you want to buy them given it is not at all clear that they have been well cared for and when you bear in mind that the prices are in the main no less expensive than your local garden centre* or nursery. Also, what a waste.
I’m sure their response would be to say it was Monday morning and they had had a busy weekend etc. etc. But if you’re open for business then you really do need to be properly open for business and having watched a customer walk around struggling to find something to buy, I would say that Homebase need to shape up in a big way if they want to be taken seriously.
*Yes, that much.
*I have also seen terrible examples of plant care in garden centres but there are also some outstanding ones.