There are moves afoot among the world’s big box stores, with Australian Woolworths looking to sell or close down its chain of Masters stores, and Wesfarmers buying and transforming the huge UK Homebase business into its first international Bunnings. What does this mean for gardeners?
The demise of Masters could be disaster for many wholesale nurseries which have had to choose either Bunnings or Masters as their main distribution channel. The fierce competition between the two box store rivals means that the nurseries that chose Masters could be left without anywhere to sell their stock if it’s not sold as a going concern.
With the Australian nursery industry still only just recovering from the Millennium Drought and so many local nurseries closing due to rising land prices and inability to compete, this lack of competition in greenlife sales is not good for gardeners.