Ashtead Park expansion plans

Surrey-based Ashtead Park Garden Centre and Café is set to start its next phase of development, following nearly £1.7 million of financing from HSBC.

The latest phase will allow the business to extend its centre and welcome more visitors than ever before.

Completion of phases one and two saw the centre triple the size of its award-winning café, adding 300 extra seats, as well as renovating and extending its main shop floor. The third phase will further expand the centre’s sales space, adding an additional storage space of 3,700sqft in total.

John Dipre, owner of Ashtead Garden Centre, said: “The site has come a long way since we first purchased it in 1992. It has been transformed from a run-down nursery to a beautiful garden centre for us, and local people to take real pride in. HSBC’s support has ensured that we can continue to meet growing demand from the local community and continue our plans for expansion.”

Cora McLaren, regional director for business banking in the south and east region, said: “This is a business that is loved by the local community. It has won awards for its exceptional food and is renowned for its outstanding customer service.

“The last two phases of its development have led to an immediate increase in turnover, which has been growing steadily ever since. I have no doubt that it will continue to thrive following the next stage of its development.”

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