Highfield Garden World has won outline planning permission to extend its business.
Work is due to start in 2020. It’s estimated to represent an investment of £2m for the Greenway family which founded, owns and runs the business.
Highfield Garden World has a turnover of £8m, 140 staff and around 20,000 customers per week. In 2014 the business launched a £2.5m new restaurant and retail development.
The next stage in the organisation’s development will boost the restaurant covers to 500 inside and out.
Extra retail space, new planteria areas, expanded kitchen facilities and 120 more car parking spaces are also in the plans.
Tim Greenway, commented; “Business has been good at Highfield for many years. It’s been especially buoyant since our last big expansion in 2014.
“We reached the stage where our 350 cover restaurant was full to brimming again. we’re also running out of car parking spaces on busy days.
“The demand is there, the customers keep coming, and we’re on course to have an even bigger, better offering now.”
Highfield worked with Chris Primett from garden centre specialists Malcolm Scott planning consultants. He helped create the plans and gain the outline permission.
Chris has worked with the business before. This was in relation to its multi-million 2014 restaurant and retail development.
The current restaurant accounts for £2 million of Highfield’s £8million turnover.
For the site, including concessions, turnover is £12 million.