Blackdown Garden Centre on the A38 is undergoing a major expansion that will see the business move into areas way beyond geraniums and garden benches. Edinburgh Woollen Mills and Cotton Traders are two of the retailers that will take up floor space in the near future, with the Autonomy womens’ clothing brand already in place.
“We’ve been open in the new building at Blackdown almost a month and we’re delighted with the number of shoppers,” said Autonomy manager Linda Poole.
“We are talking to a number of other major retailers at the moment with one or two set to sign up with us,” explained Steve Jennings, one of the BGC managers. “Pet care and equine equipment will also be major themes developing in the next few months.
“This site is going to be an all-round shopping complex that is diverse, wheel-chair friendly, and with spacious free parking. Someone the other day called us ‘midway between Harrods and Trago Mills’ and I won’t disagree”
Since retail entrepreneurs Mark &Jacque Hassall bought Blackdown Garden Centreout of administration in 2009 they’ve been planning this expansion. A massive new building was completed recently and will be in full operation before Christmas, with Santa’s Grotto taking pride of place.
“Books are another area we’re developing strongly,” said Steve. “You’ll find a huge range here at prices as good as The Works, for instance. Across the board we aim to offer the widest range of goods in the area at competitive prices.”
There are also plans to double the size of the already thriving café/restaurant in the New Year.