A new garden centre next to the planned Designer Outlet Cotswolds development will be a flagship Dobbies Garden Centre – the largest Dobbies in the South West.
It was announced today that Dobbies Garden Centres has signed an agreement to lease with Cheltenham-based developer Robert Hitchins Ltd to open the 75,000 sq ft flagship garden centre next to J9 of the M5 near Tewkesbury.
The garden centre, off the A46, will feature an extensive plants and gardening department, food hall, cookshop, pet department, table service restaurant, soft play area for kids, its own 500-space car park and much more.
Graeme Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer at Dobbies Garden Centres, said: “The new garden centre will be our fourth largest in the UK and the jewel in the crown for the South West region.
“Not only do we want to delight our customers with our plants and gardening offer, but also feature a variety of other attractions and product ranges. With such an excellent location, right on the junction of a busy motorway, we look forward to welcoming local residents, passing motorists and visitors to the region.”
When fully open, visitors to Dobbies will be drawn through the store entrance by the visual appeal and aroma of house plants.
The store will feature a large food hall with on-site bakery, butchery and an eye-catching ambient grocery offer, including fresh fruit and vegetables.
Additional attractions include a 500-seat table service restaurant with an extensive menu, cookshop building on an award-winning format, a pet department plus an extensive plant area with a wide range of plants for all seasons.
It will be on the same 180-acre site as the proposed 195,000 sq ft Designer Outlet Cotswolds which will feature some 90 retail units, restaurants and cafés.
Infrastructure works to open up the site for development are due to start this autumn with the garden centre and outlet village planned to open in Autumn 2022.