Tong Garden Centre revamps food hall with local upgraded experience

The latest of Tong Garden Centre's two-year programme of improvements is showcasing local Yorkshire produce to attract customers.

The Food Hall at Tong has increased its product ranges and configured new layouts in a bid to upgrade the space, improve the shopping experience and attract new customers.

With new flooring and butchery fridges, a patisserie counter and improved layouts for the cook shop, it is now a perfect showcase for the regional produce they stock, food hall manager Janice Astbury said.

"Feedback about the food hall refurbishment has been extremely positive and customers tell us their shopping experience is much improved and they're amazed by our choice and range.

"We've noticed the new layout encourages a better flow through the food hall and we can see customers enjoy browsing and take their time looking through our extensive offering of Yorkshire food and drink.

"Levelling the floor has improved accessibility for all customers, and the new beer wall that features 85 ales from Yorkshire alone is a real attraction. It's lovely to see."

Tong manager Andy Mears said the refurbishment allows the garden centre to support more regional businesses and to inspire customers with the range of choice.

"Giving our customers something that they can't buy in the supermarket makes their experience memorable, whether they come for gardening supplies or to bring the children to Grass Hoppers Adventure Playground, and that is what we strive for.

"The timing is perfect too, just as barbecue season approaches, for the in-house butchery team to showcase their award-winning sausages and burgers that go well with the Yorkshire beer and condiments that we stock."

The refurbishment of the food hall will be celebrated with a series of tasting days and a food festival in September. The first tasting event is a beer tasting weekend on 20-21 May with Wold Top Brewery on 20 May and Baytown Brewery on 21 May, who will be offering a prize draw.


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