Garden centre in £2.2 million expansion
A FAMILY-RUN garden centre is investing more than £2 million in the business and creating new jobs.
Highfield Garden World at Whitminster is expanding its retail space by around 1,500 square metres to 5,300 square metres.
The £2.2 million expansion should see turnover increase to £6.5 million.
Attracting around 10,000 visitors per week from within a 50 mile radius, Highfield Garden World is owned and run by three generations of the Greenway family.
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They currently employ 90 local people, with plans to recruit more once the development is closer to completion.
Founded by MD Joan Greenway, and originally a gardening only business, Highfield expanded into different retail sectors once the new store opened on its current Whitminster site in 1992.
In addition to the planteria, the centre includes a restaurant, home, furniture and giftware sections, annual Christmas shop, pet shop, garden machinery department, and Edinburgh Woollen Mill and World of Water concessions.
In 2010 a Post Office Local opened on-site. The proposals include the relocation and expansion of the restaurant into a new building with views over the pond already on site, and on over the Stroudwater Canal towards Cam Peak.
Joan said: "Sometimes against the odds, we have steadily expanded our offering, responded to our customers, and grown the business bit by bit over the last 20 years.
"This substantial development will help us offer even more of what our customers want, as well as creating more jobs for local people."
Work has begun and is expected to be complete in the autumn.