A £2.5m environmentally friendly garden centre run by a former Woolworths manager opened on the site of a former Ford main dealership near Brighton.
Mark Brumfitt will run Mayberry Garden Centre, which opened this October, in Portslade.
The centre is owned by Tates of Sussex Garden Centres, which also owns Paradise Park in Newhaven and South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks.
The centre includes solar panels, LED light fittings and grey-water recycling. The 1,200sq m, split-level garden centre has been built on the site of a former Ford car dealership that closed its doors back in 2008. The new centre is named after an old nursery, which once operated on the site.
Among the green approaches adopted by managing director Jonathan Tate is the new roof, which is 300mm thick and features airtight seals to achieve a low U value of 0.2 W/m2K.
The centre has a 120-seat cafe and contractors included Penfolds Builders from Brighton, Doric Roof, JPS Fencing, RKR Electric, Drivepoint Tarmac and Glasstech Glass.