Growing garden centre business embarks on recruitment drive

The new owners of Tong Garden Centre have wasted no time in progressing their expansion plans and are on track to recruit 30 new staff by the end of July.

Tom Megginson and Mark Farnsworth, who bought the garden centre in May, have already strengthened their management team as well as a number of roles on the shop floor and this latest recruitment drive will help fill roles in additional facilities that are being added to the centre.

William’s Farm Kitchen are taking space in the garden centre and are investing in a state of the art butchery, bakery and food hall.

Mr Farnsworth, who also owns William’s Farm Kitchen, said: “We already have two successful farm shops at Hornsea and Sledmere and the next phase of our expansion plans centres around Tong Garden Centre.

“As well as running a new food hall as part of the garden centre, William’s Farm Kitchen is centralising all of its production operations into new, purpose built facilities. All of the butchery will be done on site at Tong with full meat hanging facilities and the modern bakery will produce all the stock for all three sites and the catering teams at the Garden Centre.”

There has already been a new coffee shop added to the garden centre and this has allowed the restaurant to be closed for refurbishment. Once the restaurant has been completed the garden centre will be able to cater for around 300 diners.

These improvements to the catering side of the business will create around ten new jobs. In addition, a new children’s playground will be opened on July 27 and there will be further jobs created in that area of the business. 

Mr Farnsworth added: “In years gone by, Tong was an iconic garden centre in the North of England and we intend to return it to that status and really broaden the appeal of the centre. The addition of a Food Hall and children’s play area alongside the much improved catering facilities will help us really put Tong back on the map.”

Tong Garden Centre occupies a 17 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1,000 cars.

Mark in The Coffee Shop
Mark Farnsworth

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