Store planned next to centre in Northampton

Waitrose plans to open a 1,500sq m store alongside the Garden Centre Group's (GCG) Northampton outlet.

The news follows an announcement in May that it hoped to build on one of the Garden & Leisure centres in Shrewsbury. Waitrose said it aimed to open the store by autumn 2012 if it is granted planning permission.

The project would result in the garden centre having a new customer entrance, an extension to the cafe and a new service yard.

Meanwhile, GCG's Mill Hill centre in north London has closed after being bought by a Jewish free school for around £2m. Local protesters want to return the former council-owned site to garden centre use, arguing that the local authority failed to properly consider the needs of the disabled and elderly under the Equalities Act 2010.

The council has accepted it did not have sufficient regard to its duty under the act and therefore, will not defend the proceedings.

- Morrisons is set to build a new store on the site of Boosey's Garden Centre in Cheshire. Elsewhere, Sipson Village Garden Centre is closing after 30 years.


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