Stax grows garden offering through distribution deal with E.P. Barrus

Stax Trade Centres have secured a deal with E.P. Barrus to become the main national distributor for three of its leading garden brands.

The distribution agreement will see Stax offer customers an increased choice in garden products from WOLF-Garten, Wilkinson Sword and Town & Country. Stax outlined plans to improve and diversify its garden offering for customers earlier this year, and highlighted it as a key sector for 2017.

The WOLF-Garten garden tool collection includes products designed for lawn care, soil and cultivation, as well as tree and shrub care alongside general garden maintenance tools. The Wilkinson Sword product range spans pruners, shears, loppers and stainless steel garden tools, as well as a range of axes and multi-tools. Town & Country will provide a selection of gardening gloves and footwear.

The brands will all be present at Stax’s upcoming Big Brands Show, taking place across two locations. First, at their Glasgow branch on September 27 and then at Manchester for October 4 and 5.

Stax purchasing director Simon Wright commented: “This deal is a fantastic addition to our growing gardening portfolio and a clear demonstration that we were serious when we highlighted it as a sector we are improving this year. Our customers want and deserve more choice and increased diversity and we will continue to give that to them wherever possible.

“Outdoor living and garden care has never been so popular and we owe it to our retail customers to help them fulfil the growing consumer demand. This is the first of a number of exciting announcements we will be announcing in the coming months.”

E.P. Barrus national sales manager Martin Seddon added: “We are delighted to have formed a partnership with Stax to supply WOLF-Garten & Wilkinson Sword garden tools to the trade. This will be added to the continuing supply of Town & Country, which has recently been added to the E.P. Barrus brand portfolio. We believe that the support of Stax will help us grow the business across all our product sectors of gloves, footwear, garden tools & accessories.

“The Barrus acquisition of the Town & Country brand will allow us to increase our garden product range & we see Stax as a key partner for our future plans.”

Stax adds that Wilkinson Sword and WOLF-Garten will be in branch from next year, while Town & Country is available now.