Templepatrick garden centre Coleman's to create 100 jobs through £5m expansion

Reviewing building plans for the new £5 million development at Coleman's Garden Centre are:local councillor Paul Michael; South Antrim MLA Trevor Clarke; Richard Fry, Coleman's Garden Centre; Gary Hanna, May Estates; South Antrim MP Paul Girvan and MLA Pam Cameron
Gareth McKeown

A TEMPLEPATRICK based garden centre has unveiled ambitious plans to create 100 jobs through a £5 million investment.

Coleman's Garden Centre has announced an extensive renovation and extension of its facilities, with the first phase of the major project due to be completed within months.

Phase one of the project features an 18,000 sq ft building, which will house a garden centre and restaurant.

The new restaurant and shop, the design and layout of which has been developed in conjunction with creative retail consultants, Appetite Me, will be a licensed 200 seat establishment which will be built by May Estates construction company. It is due to officially open before the end of the year, following the demolition of the current retail shop.

Phase two of the development plans includes the opening of an additional 32,000 sq ft of garden centre retail space.

Coleman's managing director Richard Fry said he hopes the investment will attract a wider audience and provide customers with a "unique eating experience of the highest standard".

“Phase one of our development is already well underway and we are excited to see our plans take shape. By adding an extensive variety of exclusive retailer and brands to the garden products and services we already have on offer, we hope to attract a wider audience from the local area and beyond."

"This new development will create around 100 new jobs in the area when we combine full and part time staff.”

Coleman' Garden Centre was established in 1965 and is located on a 10 acre site on the Old Balyclare Road. One of the most established names in gardening in Northern Ireland, the centre supplies everything for gardens including trees, shrubs, bedding plants, compost, bark, pots, chemicals, seeds, bulbs, tools and garden furniture.

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