Silversprings Garden Centre has sold to Mike Jarvis, owner of Abbey Garden Buildings and Borderland Fencing.
He already had a close relationship with the business. Abbey Garden Buildings had shared the Fontley Road site for more than 20 years. It was purchased by Mr Jarvis in 2012.
When Mike was approached to buy the business, he was delighted. He could see the potential to expand his landscaping offering.
He now has plans to develop the six acre site and has retained all 20 staff.
Mike said: “Although the purchase took place earlier this year, we wanted to focus on keeping everything the same for customers. Just until we could get to grips with the business and how it operates.
“We are now at the point to begin renovations to the centre. We can begin to make the changes we have planned to develop the site to become the home for all your gardening and landscaping needs. We will offer a relaxed shopping experience for gifts, plants and products for the home and garden in one location.
“We will be making changes. I am very conscious that these changes must minimise disruption for our customers. Changes will be made over time. They will encompass the feedback from our customers on what they would like to see available.”
Mike said he and his partner, Rachel Blake were concentrating on the countdown to Christmas.
“We have a bigger selection of Christmas trees, baubles, lights and decorations than have been available in the past. It will encourage people to come and visit and ask about our plans for 2019,” said Mike.