This comes after a local council warned Plants Galore customers that they could be fined if they were caught buying “non-essential items” in stores.
The chain, which has branches in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Plymouth, has so far defied the order to close its stores, saying it was unfair and has not followed government advice.
Teignbridge Council yesterday, which issued the prohibition notice at the Newton Abbot branch, said that garden centers and nurseries are not on the current list of government businesses that can continue to trade.
The board also said it did not accept Plants Galore as a “hardware store” as owner Tony Joyner had said.
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In a press release, the authority warned: “By remaining open, Plantes Galore encourages non-essential travel and customers must be informed that the police can impose a fixed penalty if they turn out to buy only non-essential items. .
“We will take all appropriate steps to ensure that the notice is followed, acting consistently with colleagues from Exeter and Plymouth, Trading Standards and the police. “
But an image has now emerged showing customers in factories browsing stores
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, it is estimated that the value of lost plant sales in the UK will be £ 687 million at the end of June and if it continues, £ 1.2 billion at the end of June. end of December.