Plans take shape at Garden Centre Group flagships

Garden centre builder Geo Hodges is developing space at the Garden Centre Group's Bridgemere and Woodlands flagship stores.

Both will focus on adding concessions. Woodlands will also include a storage building and car park. Hodges is also completing the first phase of a redevelopment at Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend that will open in March.

The 2,356sq m green belt development, with permission gained by Malcolm Scott Consultants, will include an extension to the shop and coffee shop, a new warehouse, mezzanine office and enclosure of the outside area with a canopy.

Hodges joint managing director Graeme Jones said: "We get a lot of work by word of mouth. People like service. Fifty or 60 per cent of our work is with garden centres now."

Burton-on-Trent-based Hodges first built centres for the Tarbatts at Derby a decade ago. Jones said that led to recommendations to centres including Coolings, Raglan, Ayletts, Blue Diamond Le Friquet and Poplars.

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