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Job losses at garden centre firm

Hurrans blames losses at three of its five branches

Sixty jobs are going at a Gloucestershire-based garden centre which has been put into administration after 40 years in business.

Hurrans is blaming losses at three of its five branches, including its main centre at Churchdown near Gloucester.

The site is closing, together with branches at Leamington Spa and Malvern.

Buyers are being sought for the firm's businesses at Banbury and West Hagley. Hurrans shopping vouchers are unlikely to be honoured.

Colin Burke, from administrators Milner Boardman, said: "We've looked at the five sites.

"Three had to close because they were loss-making. We don't think anyone would want to buy them as garden centres.

"We will try to sell these three closed sites to whoever shows interest.

"On the other two sites, our agents have indicated we could probably sell them as going concerns."

Staff were told on Wednesday the centres were closing.

Shona Gallagher, who worked at the company's main branch in Churchdown for 18 months, said: "I felt that possibly we'd have stayed open for several weeks until the stock was clear.

"I thought that was what would happen to give people time to start looking for jobs, but that didn't happen at all, we were all told to leave on Wednesday."

Hurrans Garden Centre in Churchdown was officially opened in 1967 by the BBC gardening expert Percy Thrower.

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