Sudbury garden centre creates more jobs after new owners open coffee shop at site
A garden centre has created five new jobs in Sudbury.
Perrywood Sudbury, in Newton Road, was previously owned by Wyevale.
The family-owned Perrywood business took over the garden centre at the end of September in a deal valued at £1.1 million.
Retail director Simon Bourne said: “We had been discussing possible acquisitions so, when the Wyevale stores came on the market, we felt the Sudbury site was an opportunity not to be missed.
“We are keen to preserve the history of the site that I’m sure many remember being owned by Cramphorns.
“If anyone has stories or pictures to share,we’d love to hear from them.”
With an annual turnover of more than £9 million, the 30-year-old company, which has its base in Tiptree, employs 165 people.
In Sudbury, it retained 22 members of staff, and has created five additional full-time jobs.
The centre’s restaurant has reopened as a coffee shop, selling soup, sandwiches, cakes and scones, with the garden centre team focussing on improving stock range and issuing ‘how to’ leaflets.
The company donated more than £14,000 to charity last year and says it is looking forward to supporting some Sudbury causes next year.