It was a tough start to the horticulture industry this year. Despite this, directors Karen and Simon Humphreys are confident the expansion will improve shopping experience.
Director Karen Humphreys said: ?We?ve all been working hard to develop the new restaurant. It’s called L?oliveta at Summerhill, and it broke records within weeks of opening this year.
“Our garden centre is our passion, one which our fantastic team share. They are all eager to pursue the exciting plans we have in the pipeline.?
Summerhill development plans
Manager Darren Chalkley added: ?Simon and I secured permission to expand the car park some time ago.
“I?ll now be working with our contractors to deliver more space by our target date towards the end of October.
“Expanding the car park is going to be key because it allows us to bring our future development plans about.?
Having grown since opening in 1980, the garden centre has become an important local employer. It currently has over 85 members of full time staff from Basildon and the surrounding area.
Simon Humphreys, director, added: ?We?re very proud of the team here at Summerhill because they?re the key to the success of the business.
“It?s only with their energy, enthusiasm and incredible skills that we can justify the significant investment.?