Stall owner told to vacate site in garden centre car park

Mark Champney, the owner of a fruit and vegetable stall located in the car park of the Garden Centre Group's Northampton garden centre since 2005, has been told that he must leave.

Landlord First Franchise director Ian Silverton said: "He was on a rolling 28-day contract and his contract was terminated because the garden centre needed the space.

"He was offered alternative space at Harleston Heath, but turned that offer down. We have offered assistance to find other centres."

Champney said: "They've offered me somewhere else but I think it would be too far away from where my customers are now."

Plans that were submitted to Northampton Borough Council by Waitrose owner John Lewis in 2011 showed a concessions building belonging to the centre being demolished, with the supermarket being built to the rear of the garden centre.

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