The Ranson family from Solihull is opening a brand new independent garden centre, the Ransons Family Garden Centre, at Hatton Country World, just five minutes away from Junction 15 of the M40 on the A4177 between Solihull and Warwick, on Monday, July 5.
In addition to sundries and plants, the 19,000 square foot garden centre, owned and run by Julian and Judi Ranson, will also boast gifts, clothing (indoor, outdoor and fashion) and a pets department. The Ransons have a minimum of a 10-year lease for the site.
Former Notcutts garden centre manager Julian, who ran the company’s flagship store at Solihull for 24 years, was trained at Writtle College, Chelmsford. He then worked on the south coast for five years before joining Notcutts. In September 2009 Solihull Chamber of Commerce voted Julian businessman of the year.
During his time at Notcutts Julian pioneered many initiatives to encourage children into gardening including a Saturday morning children’s gardening club.
“I have always believed that children should be enthused to garden and being at the Hatton Experience will certainly help us to achieve that aim,” said Julian.
“My initiation into gardening was when I was 12 and sowed seeds for my parents and then sold the resulting plants on to them. I have been selling plants ever since. To encourage children to love plants will be high on our list of priorities at Ransons.
“With so few new garden centres of this size opening in this country it is a fantastic opportunity to open, own, run and build our own family business. We are all looking forward to the challenge and our determination to succeed is enthralling,” added Julian.
“The whole family, including my mother-in-law who is in her 70s, is really looking forward to making this fantastic opportunity work,” added Judi.
“It is an exciting venture for all our family to be involved in and for Julian and I to be involved in the new venture together. We hope our love of gardening will rub off on other families and encourage them to keep visiting us at Ransons.”
Initially 18 people will be employed including Adam Covell who was Notcutts indoor manager at Solihull.
Set in converted Victorian farm buildings, Hatton Country World is especially for families. Hosting all manner of events from food and craft fayres to events for children, there is a Farm Village, Shopping Village with over 20 specialist shops, country walks, camping and the nearby Waterman for canalside eating and drinking.