THE NEXT CHAPTER BEGINS…
with gardening at the heart of the centre
We’re excited to announce that the first phase of the work to develop the Stephen H Smith’s site at Otley will begin in January 2023.
Phase one of the development plans for the Pool Road site includes new fixtures and benches for the outdoor plant area, a refurbishment of the garden space, a makeover for Hattie’s restaurant, a new roof for the giftware area and the creation of a Hearty’s Food Hall to showcase Yorkshire food and drink.
Of the £500,000 investment in the first phase of Otley’s revamp, our MD, Mark Farnsworth said: “When we acquired the Stephen H Smith’s business in July, we wanted to take some time to understand how the centre operated and how we could most effectively enhance its offer for our customers. These redevelopment plans put gardening at the heart of the business, which is as it has always been. Our first investments in the centre are to improve the gardening offer and we hope our customers will notice a real difference by the spring. We also know that Edinburgh Woollen Mill is very popular, and we are delighted they will be relocating next to the refurbished restaurant.
“The existing team are very excited by the plans; the centre is very ready for these improvements, and we hope it will offer great career opportunities for our existing team as well as creating around 10 great new local job opportunities. We will be running a series of events in the early spring, but we will remain open throughout the whole period.”
EXCITING TIMES ARE AHEAD!
New fixtures & Benches for the outdoor plant area
Bigger, refurbished gardening department next to the plant area
A wider choice of garden furniture, BBQs, chimineas, firepits and water features
Craft department will be relocated to a new area within the store
Hattie’s Restaurant refurbished with brand new furniture
Edinburgh Woollen Will moves to a new location next to Hattie’s Restaurant
Hearty’s Food Hall introduced to showcase Yorkshire food and drink
Brand new giftware area with lots of new product ranges
The same great team and new jobs created too