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Town & Country is sold to EP Barrus
No 40 Most Read Story 2017. First published: Tuesday 1 August, 2017

After months of speculation, Town & Country has been sold to EP Barrus.  As a result Jamieson and Barry Page (pictured above at Chelsea 2016) will be leaving the business.

Barry, who started Town & Country in 1960 has told customers:  "I am writing to let you know that we have sold the business. I personally want to thank you for the support that you have given to me and to Town & Country, whose success was created through the support of customers like yourselves.

"Customer support has been essential to the growth and development of Town and Country and it is extremely important to me that it will continue.  We are very lucky to have found a company whose ethos and culture is extremely compatible to that of Town & Country.

"The sale of the business to Barrus is fully supported by our employees who are positive about the future of the brand. The majority of the personnel will become employees of Barrus; and I will be working hard to ensure a smooth transition.  I look forward to meeting you at Glee where I can introduce you to the new Barrus team who have a wealth of experience in our industry."

The Town & Country brand will join Barrus’s current extensive line-up of leading garden machinery and garden tool brands including Cub Cadet, Lawnflite, Agri-Fab, WOLF-Garten, Wilkinson Sword and Energizer.


A statement from EP Barrus states:  "Town & Country offers one of the most comprehensive collections of gardening gloves and footwear. Continued investment and a focus on innovation have brought together a range that combines quality, functionality and style with exceptional value for money."


Robert Muir, Managing Director, E P Barrus Ltd. which celebrates its 100 year anniversary during 2017, commented: “The acquisition of Town & Country reinforces our commitment to the garden sector. This well-established household name has great synergy with our current line-up of premium gardening brands and provides the potential for future growth through existing and new distribution channels.”


Tim Hart, Director of Sales & Marketing said: “We are meeting the needs of gardeners by bringing premium brands together to offer a portfolio of high quality, innovative products.  Town & Country, like all our brands, will be fully supported by our operational expertise which enables us to offer excellent distribution service levels, and we will continue to build and develop the brand into the future.”


Barrus, which is part owned by US company MTD, will be represented across two stands at the forthcoming GLEE exhibition in September with Town & Country, and WOLF-Garten and Wilkinson Sword.

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