The £10m investment to build a Dobbies Garden World, which will incorporate pioneering environmentally friendly features, will mean a jobs boost for the area with 120 posts being created.
The proposal is for a 3.5ha site within the Eureka Leisure Park (located off Junction 9 of the M20).
The centre will include a farmshop, restaurant and demonstration gardens, with 120 staff employed.
Dobbies director of property Stuart Wright said: "We are excited at the prospect of opening a major new Garden World and our first in Kent. We believe that our proposals will bring a new-generation garden centre to the area, which will not only offer quality, range and value to garden and horticultural enthusiasts but also a unique day out destination for all the family."
Wright added: "Our proposal will be built with a sustainable timber structure adopting a sensitive design approach and will incorporate innovative environmentally friendly and sustainable features in keeping with our commitment to use resources as efficiently as possible."
Meanwhile, Dobbies Aberdeen is opening on 6 March and the Lisburn store will open in September. At West Lothian Dobbies will appeal West Lothian Council's decision to refuse a building application while centres in Carlisle, Nether Alderly, Ashford, East Kilbride and Braehead are all at planning stages.
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