Refurbishment project completed at Frensham

Frensham Garden Centre in the Surrey Hills has relaunched after a £900,000 refurbishment. Owner David Wheelhouse has increased the open retail areas by nearly 50 per cent and improved back-office functions.

The stated intention is to be included within the top 100 garden centres in the country in turnover terms by the end of 2017. The next big phase will be a 175-cover restaurant. Architecture and planning is being dealt with by Chris Primett of Malcolm Scott Consultants.

Wheelhouse owned and ran discount retailer the Wheelhouse in Hounslow from 1955 to 2009 but saw the high street as doomed so bought the 4ha Frensham site from owner Robert Tyler via Quinton Edwards in 2006.

He opened a farm shop five years ago and this winter has refurbished the camping department with £300,000 of new stock, refreshed the plant department with new benches from Woodlodge, installed a new £60,000 entrance, resurfaced the car park and put in a £43,000 electronic point-of-sale system from Premier.

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