Garden centre ditches plan to reopen alongside new Waitrose

A garden store has axed plans to reopen next year alongside a new Waitrose in Bagshot.

In April, after around 20 years in London Road, Notcutts closed to make way for the new development alongside the supermarket giant.

Now, after carrying out feasibility studies, Notcutts has said reopening in the same location “would not be viable”.

The firm’s chief operating officer Andrew Staff said: ?We are naturally disappointed not to be able to continue to trade in the area but Bagshot is well served by some fantastic local garden centres and the opening of the Waitrose store in 2015 will ensure local employment is boosted well beyond the number that we were able to employ.

“We would again like to thank staff and the local community for their loyal support over the years.”

Notcutts, which employed around 45 people in Bagshot, has informed staff members and Surrey Heath Borough Council about its decision.

The gardening business, which has 18 other stores, will now look for alternative companies to occupy the London Road retail premise.

In February (2014), Waitrose and Notcutts secured joint planning permission from the council for the new development.

Waitrose will occupy just over half the existing Notcutts site.

The two stores were set to be consolidated into a single eco-friendly unit around 6,500sq/m in size ? double the size of the existing buildings.

Plans included parking for 349 cars, an increase of 121 spaces, and the new supermarket is expected to create 160 jobs.

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