Lifestyle retailer Avoca opens at former Plantagen garden centre in Ireland

The Avoca chain of retail outlets and cafes has opened its 12th store in Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland.

The 4,645sq m (50,000sq ft) outlet was built by Smiemans in 2003 and the Dutch company has now refurbished the store.  

The centre has an new insulated roof, and is described as a leisure centre with café and garden centre.

It has the Avoca Butcher in its foodhall, the 200-seat Fork Café and concessions Dunboyne Poulet Bonne Femme; Sprout & Co Kitchen; Kish Fish; Howbert & Mays Garden Centre; Nature’s Gold; Mitchell & Son Wines; and Joeanna Caffrey Flowers.

Fork Café, food market and retail area spending more than €3 million on the 35,000sqft centre.

In 2007, Norwegian group Plantasjen acquired a 50% stake in Gardenworks, a company with garden centres in Malahide, Co Dublin and Dunleer, Co Meath.

Plantasjen, which traded as Plantagen in Ireland, is owned by private equity giant Apax Partners. It had intended to open 30 additional stores in Ireland by 2017 but closed in Malahide in 2013 and has now seen its other centre converted into a hybrid, a trend in garden retail as seen by the new Rosebourne centre opened last year.

The Dunboyne complex will be the first store to be opened by Avoca since the Pratt family sold the business to the US catering group Aramark for €64 million in 2015.

Property advisor KellyWalsh acquired on behalf of a private investor the former Plantagen premises in Dunboyne and acted in the surrender of the Planagen lease.

In 2014, the agent offered the centre at €4.5 million with a current rent of €456,000 is subject to a review in January 2017, and five yearly thereafter. The lease is guaranteed by the Norwegian-based parent company.

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