// Dobbies granted planning permission for new 10,000sq ft garden centre in Northern Ireland
// The store is expected to attract a footfall of around one million visitors per annum
Dobbies has been granted planning permission for a new 110,000 sq ft garden centre in Northern Ireland.
The £10 million project at The Junction, a Lotus Property-owned retail and leisure park, will be Dobbies’ second venture in Northern Ireland, its largest store in Ireland and one of the largest in its UK portfolio.
Proposals for the store include outdoor and indoor plant areas; areas for gardening products, outdoor furniture, pets, gifting and toys, as well as cookshop and home décor; a foodhall, a children’s soft play area and new restaurant and café.
The store is expected to attract a footfall of around one million visitors per annum.
Dobbies CEO Graeme Jenkins said: “We’re delighted to have been given the green light to move ahead with our plans to open our store at The Junction, building on the success of our established Lisburn garden centre.
“Its prime position off the M2, just north of Belfast City Centre and towards the popular Antrim coast, will allow us to bring the Dobbies’ experience to a new area within Northern Ireland.”