Dobbies opens in Cambridge

Dobbies has opened its 35th centre.

Dobbies Bar Hill
Dobbies Bar Hill

A new Dobbies Garden Centres store opened its doors on 3 October - the retailer's first store-within-a-store at Tesco in Bar Hill.   Dobbies says it has no further store openings planned in the next few months.

Cutting the flower-decked green ribbon to officially declare it open for business were pupils from Bar Hill Primary School. The children were joint-winners of a competition run by Dobbies to design their own garden and have also secured their school £500 of plants and gardening products.

Tesco-owned Dobbies general manager Chris Swales said:

"I’m thrilled our new store is open and the feedback today from our first customers has been fantastic. We’re proud to be offering a huge range of beautiful garden products, gifts and home ware – as well as a small pets and aquatics store. We’re already looking forward to opening Santa’s grotto next month. It’s also been great to create a total of  fourteen new jobs for people who truly love plants, pets and shopping."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The new Dobbies follows the completion of a revamp of the neighbouring Tesco store, which included the addition of a number of new departments and services.

Tesco Bar Hill Store Manager Owen Davies added: "We just finished a major revamp of our store a few weeks ago, adding some new departments and refurbishing areas like the counters and fresh food. I think customers are going to really love the combination of our refreshed Tesco store and the new Dobbies."

The Tesco refurbishment is part of a UK-wide plan to revamp 650 stores across the UK with new look fruit and veg departments, revamped health and beauty departments and new meat and fish counters. The Bar Hill store also has a new Food to Go range and a branch of the coffee chain Harris+Hoole.

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