M&C set to grow with start of new extension

MH_CC_MCextension1000_5753-600x400WORK has begun to extend our M&C premises meaning we will have double the retail space to display plants, gardening goods and summer furniture.

Construction work on the extension which will also lead to two new full-time members of staff being employed got underway at the start of September.

Minor works on the three-phase development which has been in the planning for six years took place last year, but a delay put the project back a year.

It is expected that work on this phase will be completed by next February.

Peter Wilson, owner of M&C said he was pleased that work was now underway: “We did some very basic work this time last year, and had hoped to have everything completed by February 2015, however, the building warrant took a little longer than had been anticipated, and as the works could not have been finished before the beginning of our busy plant season, we had no alternative but to delay the formal start of the works until now. However, things are now back on track, the work is in full swing and the work will be completed by the time the new gardening season begins.”

Mackenzie and Cruickshank opened the garden centre 12 years ago and since then has carried out a number of developments which has seen the business grow significantly.

Mr Wilson said: “The main part of the extension will be a glass building, two storeys high. It’s a very well designed building which we think customers will find architecturally pleasing and complements the surrounding environment.”

He added: “It will make a statement from the main road to people driving along the A96. We think that people will be impressed with how it looks. It will show that we mean business when it comes to our gardening sector. The extension is not about making the gift shop or coffee shop bigger, it is to make us a better garden centre.

“We feel this development will provide a better environment for the plants, but also for our customers who will be able to shop for what they need whatever the weather as about 90 percent of what we will be selling will be undercover. We will be able to provide a wider choice of plants and it will also lengthen the season for us. We are following a trend in garden centres.”

Carrying out the development is another Forres-based firm, AJ Engineering. Phase Two will involve developments to the front of the store which is situated to the west of Forres on the Greshop Estate.

Phase Three will involve some internal alterations to the existing building including an extension to the coffee shop.

Mr Wilson said: “We have a three phase development plan which we hope to carry out over the next four to five years, but at the moment we are concentrating on finally getting phase one finished in time for next year’s gardening season.”

 

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