Garden Centre site: Businessman plans to redevelop

A businessman has revealed plans to open new shops at the Stamford Garden Centre site.

Chris Isaac hopes to start redevelopment work on the site in Casterton Road shortly after exchanging contracts on the freehold with the current owner James Lamb.

His company The Sack Store already owns a shop in Boston but the firm has wanted to branch out into the Stamford market for a while.

He said: ?We have been looking for a site in this area for five years and the garden centre is perfect.

?We are very keen to retain the other businesses which are already there as they fit in well with what we offer. Hopefully the alternations we make will help them to trade even better.?

The Sack Store will take charge of the garden centre and plans to keep the business running with its current staff. He plans to refurbish and redevelop the site to create space for a woodburning ?stove and biomass boiler company.

The other independent businesses, which include Chalk Interiors, Greensleaves Florist, Sew Now and Emma Cannings Beauty and Wellness Centre, will remain open.

Mr Isaac said: ?We will be landscaping the site and moving the car park to the front to double the number of parking spaces available.

?We will then put poly tunnels at the back and eventually hope to build more retail units.?

The company expects the development will create a number of jobs but Mr Isaac could not confirm how many.

He said: ?My family is from the Stamford area and it is the place I consider home so I am looking forward to finally opening the business here.?

Stamford Garden Centre was originally a farm diversification business set up by the Lamb family in 1984. They have continued to run the business since then, including a restaurant and farm shop.

Mr Lamb was unavailable for comment.


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