A FAMILY-run garden centre in Bickenhill which has been trading for over 50 years looks set to close its doors after falling victim to the recession.
The owners of Bracey’s Nurseries, who eventually want to turn the business into a motel, have stressed this week the garden centre will remain open for at least another 12 months.
Plans have been submitted to demolish the garden centre and bungalow on Catherine-de-Barnes Lane (but keep the nursery’s tea room and restaurant) and erect a motel in its place.
The business was started by Stanley Taylor about 54 years ago and has since been taken over by his two daughters, Val Taylor and Lynne Harrison.
Miss Taylor told the Solihull News: “We are desperately sorry that this is the route we have to go down, my father built this business from scratch.
“But it’s the recession, we are just not making the money and people are just not spending like they used to.
“The rising cost of fuel has also hit us hard, we are in the wrong position for a nursery now.
“We have a loyal customer base and we just want to stress that the business will remain open for the foreseeable future, the plans have only just been submitted.
“We just feel a motel will be more financially viable, particularly with the NEC expansion and we intend to run it ourselves.”