Tong Garden Centre has appointed a project manager to oversee the next phase of its £2m extension project.
Sarah Ritchie joins the team in the position of project manager. Sarah is a chartered surveyor with 14 years’ experience. She joins the business following a career break to bring up her young family. She brings a wealth of experience to Tong.
Tong’s Managing Director, Mark Farnsworth said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sarah.
“With a track record in the property market, Sarah is well equipped to oversee the £2m extension project. She’ll have full responsibility for the delivery of the project.
“We’re then hoping to secure other projects for Sarah to manage as the business expands to a multi-site operation.”
Sarah comments: “It’s satisfying to see a building project move from conception to completion and having a part in guiding it on its way.
“I’m excited for the challenge and overcoming the practical issues we’ll face on the way.
“This particular phase of development is important. It’s not just for the Tong customer but for the Tong staff so it’s a big responsibility to deliver.”
Phase two of the £4m expansion starts in March. The two-storey extension will be home to new staff facilities, a 180 seat restaurant plus 15,000 sq ft of retail space.
Phase one of the expansion opened in summer 2019. It included a new plant canopy, an indoor play area for Grass Hoppers and an events centre.
Work on the build will be carried out by many of the same teams who completed phase one.
“We estimate that £2.5 million of the £4 million investment will be spent with Yorkshire firms. This part of the project will also create an extra 25 jobs within the business” says Mark.
Work on the extension will complete by September.