Grimsby garden centre unveils growth plans & new jobs

A garden centre near Laceby plans to undergo a complete transformation ? creating up to 20 new jobs in the area.

The owners of Grimsby Garden Centre ? formerly Alfords Garden Centre ? in Grimsby Road, have applied to North East Lincolnshire Council for planning permission to overhaul the site.

A branch of Maidenhead Aquatics opened earlier this year and Edinburgh Woollen Mill will open in the centre next month.

If planning permission is granted, the garden centre will undergo a large-scale redevelopment, including:

The demolition of an existing building and construction of a new two-story structure to house an extended sales area.

Extension to the cafe/restaurant to house a new bar and toilets.

New outdoor cafe seating area.

A new children’s play area.

New staff parking.

New cycle shelter.

Relocation of the customer?car park to accommodate 70 vehicles and two coaches.

New signage.

New plant room housing a biomass boiler.

The centre has been owned by husband and wife team Dee and Peter Skiba since 1993 and has expanded a number of times since its launch as a small nursery.

Dee said: “We are very excited about taking the centre forward. We have been on an adventure since we opened here back in 1993 and this is the next stage of that journey for us.

“The new building alone will be almost 8,000 square feet.

“We are delighted that Maidenhead Aquatics has joined us and Edinburgh Woollen Mill is joining us, and the new building would provide us with room for new craft centres, too.”

In a design and access statement supporting the application, Chris Lilley, from Grimsby-based ID Architecture, says: “This proposal intends to maximise the existing facilities on the site and enlarge a prosperous garden centre.

“Aesthetically, the proposal improves on the current appearance by using a more contemporary and simplistic approach, while the landscaping softens this up to cater for its rural setting.

“Functionally, the design better locates the facilities provided, making a much needed improvement for the customer experience.

“The proposal improves on its access and parking, and provides parking facilities for disabled users, cyclists and coaches.”

Councillor Melanie Dickerson, who represents the Wolds ward, where the centre is located, said the extension would be positive for the area.

She added: “I think it’s fantastic that the business?is in a position to expand.

“As long as the views of the residents living in the neighbouring properties have been taken into account?and the design is sympathetic, then this can only be a good thing for the area.”

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