Lincolnshire garden centre rebuild to create 40 new jobs

Up to 40 new jobs will be created in a £2m development of Belton Garden Centre, just out side Grantham, Lincolnshire, after planning permission was granted last month.

Owners of Belton Garden Centre, Graham, Karen and Stephen Elkington announced that after a year in the planning, invites to tender for the construction and complete redevelopment of the site have now gone out.

The approved planning permission is for a 4,500 sqm sales area, a new coffee shop and new parking. The development  will be spread over two years to enable uninterrupted trading to continue throughout the reconstruction.

The new jobs will be phased in as each part of the development is completed over two to three years and will include openings for sales assistants, catering staff, plants people and merchandisers.

Architect Steven Dunn, has designed a project that "not only meets the needs of today’s modern shopping but is totally sympathetic with the beautiful setting of  the garden centre in the former Victorian walled garden and the surrounding area of Belton".  A Revaro opening roof and full rainwater gathering system are two of the green features to be included.

The Elkington family bought Belton Garden Centre in 2007 and run it in parallel with Ruskington Garden Centre, which they started almost 25 years ago.

Graham Elkington said:  "We see a fabulous potential for the development of Belton Garden Centre and have been working with the architects for over a year to come up with a plan that will totally fit in with the surroundings and are delighted that the planners have accepted our final submission."

On completion of the project the company will employ 90 full and part time staff at their two sites.

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