Sanders GardenWorld looks forward to £4m extension

Wyevale-owned Sanders GardenWorld is set to benefit from a £4m expansion plan.

The Somerset garden centre will grow between 3,500sq m and 6,300sq m after Wyevale decided to spend up to an estimated £750,000 on a new roundabout and access roads on the A38 outside the centre.

Sedgemoor District Council is reviewing the application after a formal consultation began on 30 July. Sanders won planning permission for the expansion three years ago after a lengthy battle.

Construction could begin in November and last until summer 2009. Several concessions will be included in the scheme. Under consideration are expanded gift, furniture and barbecue sections. Parking will increase from 369 to 411 and around 100 jobs will be created.

- Wyevale has streamlined its regional management structure, reducing the number of regions from six to four. The 124-srong garden centre group has also made about 25 staff redundant across the chain in the last month to "tighten up" on spending.

The two-person department responsible for integrating acquisitions has closed.

Contracts for the temporary financial staff who were hired to cover the move from Hereford to Slough have been terminated after the company completed integration of the business.

A Wyevale representative said: "A number of small things have come together at the same time. We're reshaping the regional management teams in recognition that they could do things more efficiently by having fewer regional managers and more people on the ground."

He added: "We're clawing back sales from the beginning of the year. We were never very far away but aren't now popping champagne corks. Our targets fell by the wayside early in the season."

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