Dobbies Garden Centres and Tesco win permission for development

Councillors from the Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk have granted permission for a new Dobbies Garden World development at the former Campbell's factory site in a joint project with Tesco.

For the first time, Dobbies and Tesco will trade from the same building through a single entrance joined by a restaurant facility operated by Dobbies at the front of the store.

Construction of the joint development is due to start in spring 2013 and aims to open in autumn 2013.

Dobbies property director Stuart Wright said: "We are delighted to being a step closer to opening our first joint development with Tesco and giving our customers a new experience that enhances the strengths of both brands.

"We want to thank Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk for their enthusiasm for economic development in the region and for their continued support in backing our planning application which will allow us to bring a new-generation of garden centre to customers in the King’s Lynn area.

"We are investing some £8 million in the project, which will create 120 new jobs for the community, all of which in turn will have a significant effect on the local economy for many years to come."

Louise Gosling from Tesco said: "We’re absolutely delighted that Dobbies has been given the green light to build. This will be a great benefit to Kings Lynn providing even more jobs and services to local people.

"It also means we can now crack on with the construction of our first joint development and look forward to sharing the benefits of both businesses with our customers."
In 2010, Tesco received planning permission for an 8,000sqm superstore and petrol filling station at the 18ha former Campbell’s factory site in Kings Lynn.

The site masterplan also includes provision for a new hotel, car showroom, restaurant and pub, as well as additional employment space as part of the second phase.

Dobbies currently has 32 garden centres.

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