Antrim garden centre plans £5m rebuild

Templepatrick-based Coleman's Garden Centre in Northern Ireland plans a phased rebuild, which it says will costs £5m.

A new restaurant and shop, the design and layout of which has been developed in conjunction with creative retail consultants, Appetite Me, will be built by May Estates. The centre says 100 jobs will be created.
This September, Antrim and Newtonabbey council granted temporary partial (999sqm) change of use of covered production building to garden centre retail and restaurant with associated access, parking, circulation and landscaping.

Meanwhile, Hartlepool Borough Council says it is reviewing all of its trading activities.

A council spokesman said: "The council is currently carrying out a review of all trading activities, including Inspirations Garden Centre. Once the review is concluded, a report will go to a meeting of the Finance and Policy Committee, making recommendations for the future. At this stage, it is important to note that no decisions have been taken." 

The council closed the garden centre's adjoining coffee shop in March.

Savings proposals approved for 2018/19 and 2019/20 did not address the full deficits and savings of £2.320m still need to be identified.


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