Stewarts Garden Centres, the family owned business that acquired the Abbey Garden Centre in Titchfield in December, has appointed Robert Meaney, from Gosport, as catering manager.
With decades of experience within Chef and catering operations for national companies, and more recently with Marwell Wildlife, Robert has started to meet with regular customers to gain information on what menu suggestions they will prefer.
?The feedback shows great enthusiasm for more freshly made and prepared food from local producers and to move away from the centre?s tradition of microwaveable dishes,? said Robert.? ?Stewarts other centres are highly popular and praised for their home grown and often home reared produce, from their own farm, so we will be able to cater for the tastier menu requested.?
Terry Head, the retail and marketing director at Stewarts, said that they will eventually provide a sustainable and environmental balance decent food selection.
The passion for horticulture has been in the Stewarts family for 8 generations.? The business can be traced back to 1742.? Stewarts created the earliest dedicated garden centre opened in Ferndown, Dorset? in 1955 before their first out of town centre at Christchurch opened in 1961.
There will be additional job opportunities to boost the current team of 42 at the Abbey Garden Centre over the next 12 months.? Ongoing information available from www.stewarts.co.uk