Independent retailer to open garden centre in the Midlands

A garden centre is opening in the Midlands in a rare example of an independent garden retailer starting a new business.

Ransons Garden Centre, owned and run by the Ranson family, is due to open at the Hatton Experience - a shopping/farm village/tourist attraction - between Solihull and Warwick on 5 July.

Previous retail space has been converted into a 2,000sq m garden centre that will sell sundries and plants, gifts, clothing (indoor, outdoor and fashion) and pets on a 10-year lease.

Former Notcutts Garden Centre manager Julian Ranson, who ran the company's flagship store in Solihull for 24 years, was trained at Writtle College.

He said: "Children should be enthused to garden and being at the Hatton Experience will certainly help us to achieve that aim. To encourage children to love plants will be high on our list of priorities at Ransons. With so few new garden centres of this size opening in this country, it is a fantastic opportunity to open, own, run and build our own family business."

Initially, a total of 18 people will be employed at Ransons Garden Centre. This includes Adam Covell, who was indoor manager at Notcutts in Solihull.

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