Garden centre to anchor new Designer Outlet
Dobbies Garden Centres has signed an agreement to lease with Cheltenham-based developer Robert Hitchins Ltd to open a 75,000 sq ft flagship garden centre. The new store, to be built at junction 9 of the M5 motorway near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, will be the largest Dobbies in South West England.
The garden centre will include an extensive plants and gardening department, food hall, cookshop, pet department, table service restaurant, soft play area for kids, its own 500-space car park.
Infrastructure works to open up the site for development are due to commence in Autumn 2020 with the garden centre and outlet village planned to open in Autumn 2022.
Graeme Jenkins, chief executive officer at Dobbies Garden Centres, said: “The new garden centre will be our fourth largest in the UK and the jewel in the crown for the South West region. Not only do we want to delight our customers with our plants and gardening offer, but also feature a variety of other attractions and product ranges. With such an excellent location, right on the junction of a busy motorway, we look forward to welcoming local residents, passing motorists and visitors to the region.”
The agent acting for Robert Hitchins on the Dobbies deal was Gilbert Evans.