New garden centre for Ballymena, Northern Ireland, to open next year

A new £2m garden centre in Ballymena, Northern Ireland is due to open in 2014.

Creative Gardens was founded by the Gass family 30 years ago in Donaghadee and  employs 100 people at two locations – one in Donaghadee and one in Bushmills.

Diana Gass who runs the family business with her two sons and daughter said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to run a garden centre in such a beautiful setting and we will do our best to enhance and add to the atmosphere at Galgorm. We look forward to offering the people of Ballymena a relaxing and inspirational experience when they visit.

"These days so many national and multinational companies dominate the business world we are proud to be a Northern Irish company employing local people and sourcing local products where possible."

The new centre has been in the planning stage for several years. Paul Pleydell of Pleydell Smithyman and Gilbert Evans’  Mike Gilbert played an important part in the design and negotiations from the outset, said Gass.

Construction is due to begin in May 2013 and the new centre will open in spring 2014.

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