Dobbies outlines proposals for new £6.5m centre

Dobbies is preparing a planning application for a £6.5m garden centre in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, on the site of a former supermarket owned by majority shareholder Tesco.

The new Garden World store is expected to create about 80 jobs. The building will be refreshed and enhanced using natural materials with the interior refurbished and substantially remodelled. Plant protection canopies will extend to link interior space with the planteria.

Dobbies property director Stuart Wright said: "We aim to create a garden centre experience to inspire, educate and entertain all those in the Mendips with an interest in horticulture. Dobbies' intention is to create a high-quality but natural environment, which is a 'day out' experience for visitors."

A public exhibition of the Dobbies proposal was held in Shepton Mallet earlier this week.

The firm's £10m garden centre in Southport is due to open on 15 March. In addition to traditional departments, the centre hosts a visitor attraction called The Greenhouse to give people a chance to find out more about plants.

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