The owners of Arboretum Garden Centre in Kilquade, Co Wicklow have announced that work has started on a €4 million redevelopment.
The family-owned garden and lifestyle centre will remain open throughout the entire refurbishment period albeit with a pared back offering from a special temporary structure which will house a café, garden plants and gifting ranges.
When work is complete in Spring 2024 the entire retail space including the garden centre, health and wellness, fashion and gifting sections and food hall will be roofed. The restaurant at Arboretum Garden Centre will overlook the 17 exhibition gardens and accommodate over 100 diners.
When finished, the floor area of the new development and the current 17 exhibition gardens will span six acres.
Arboretum Garden Centre will increase the number of jobs at the new facility by 25 bringing the total national workforce to 195.
“We are delighted that work has now commenced," said Barry Doyle, CEO of Arboretum.
"I am excited at the prospect of working together with all our contractors to create a stylish destination for all our customers, visitors, and the local community alike.”
The redevelopment of Arboretum Garden Centre will incorporate sustainable technologies.
Rainwater will be harvested and used to water plants in the garden centre while solar panels will generate renewable electricity.
"This investment will future proof the business for many years to come, creating a really comfortable, enjoyable place to shop and socialise," said Fergal Doyle, co-owner and chief commercial officer at Arboretum.
"We’re very excited about the future of Kilquade. Thanks to our customers and the local community for their support and bearing with us during construction works.”