British Garden Centres employs the equivalent of 10 full-time staff, but the Stubbs' family-owned Eastington-based business said it could generate 250 more and another 50 part-time jobs if its planning application is approved by Durham County Council.
The owners said: "We purchase centres that are in a neglected, declining state and turn them around, in a very short space of time, into thriving garden centres in the heart of communities."
They added: "We always keep on any existing staff and then very quickly add to this, creating jobs within both our restaurants and in the garden centre for people in the local area, together wp>
- The group's other nine centres are:
- Arcadia Garden Centre, Middlesbrough,Cleveland;
- Brigg Garden Centre, Brigg NE Lincs;
- Chapel Garden Centre, Chapel, Lincs;
- Gilberdyke Garden Centre, Gilberdyke, Brough, E Yorks;
- Irton Garden Centre, Irton, Scarborough, N Yorks;
- Roxton Garden Centre, Roxton, Bedfordshire;
- Spring Garden Centre, Hornsea, E Yorks;
- Towneley Garden Centre, Burnley, Lancs;
- Woodthorpe Garden Centre, Alford, Lincs.
British Garden Centres renamed the former Plant 'R'