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GCA creates new buying group with AIS

Published: 21 November 2007
Independent garden centres to reap the benefits of collaboration.
GCA creates new buying group with AIS
The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has joined forces with Associated Independent Stores (AIS) to form a new buying group for independent garden retailers. A name for the new partnership has not yet been released.

Expected to offer significant benefits to potential members, the new group will be backed by AIS - the largest non-food buying group in the UK, which has a membership of 270 independent department stores and specialist retailers across the UK. The organisation also boasts a combined membership turnover of around £1.8 billion.

The GCA, which has around 160 members, has planned a launch to garden centre members on Wednesday, December 12, followed by a meeting for Associates the next day.

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