He opened the first shop in 1971, introduced bedding plants and pick your own in 1976. Over the years he developed the business and the farm grew to 200 acres with two acres of horticultural glass with all produce and plants sold through the centre. He introduced the first concessions in 1989, a carvery restaurant in 1990 and function facilities in 1999.
Further significant development came in 2006 with the introduction of Aquatics, Pets, Crafts & Clothing and expansion to the plants sales area. Unfortunately the business suffered a huge setback in 2010 with a major fire and the loss of the main centre.
The new 65,000 sq ft centre was relaunched in 2014 following a rebuild by Vear Construction, designed by Pleydell Smithyman. Country Market will be expanding the centre further this year with a new one and half acre outdoor plant sales area, further complimentary concessions and developing the range of outdoor events.