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Preston B&M’s bid to open new garden centre

Written by on July 15, 2020

A Preston B&M is seeking permission to open a new garden centre, which will create 10 jobs.

The retailer has submitted a planning application to Preston City Council to create an open-air garden centre at its Carlisle Street branch.

The application proposes to use part of the existing car park to create a 748sqm garden centre, as the car park doesn’t receive 100% capacity even at peak shopping times.

The centre would take up 23 of the current 122 car parking spaces.

New jobs will also be created through the garden centre, with five full-time employees and five part-time.

B&M currently employees 75 people in the Carlisle Street store.

The planning statement said: “The new garden centre has been designed to be as unobtrusive as possible with an open canopy to encourage wildlife and allow for natural watering with a 4.8m high mesh fence to allow through vision.”

New entrances will be created for customers.

The application will be decided on later this year.

Another Lancashire B&M chain, in Blackburn, was given the green-light to create a similar garden centre in December last year – creating 18 jobs in the process.