A new garden centre with a shared entrance to a Tesco supermarket is set to open in Inverness in 2013, after the development received consent from local councillors.
The Dobbies Garden Centre will open on the site of a former DIY retailer at the Inshes Retail Park in the spring, with the creation of 120 new jobs. The positions will include both full and part-time.
Many of the new staff are to be given horticultural training to help them give advice on care for the 10,000-plus plants, shrubs and trees that will be available.
As well as the nursery operations, the garden centre will also house an aquatics department, a restaurant and a play area for children. A stand-alone local produce area will also run supplementary to the supermarket.
Despite Dobbies being wholly owned by Tesco since 2008, the site in Inverness will be only the second venture of its kind between the two brands. The first site, in Kings Lynn in England, will open later in the year however, due to a more challenging construction programme.
The new initiative shows that businesses of all size are constantly changing strategy- the deal for Dobbies made Tesco number 1 in the UK for garden retail as well as home retail.
In a similar vein, many Scottish firms are also changing the way they fund their business. Rather than taking on new levels of debt, many are switching to factoring companies in Scotland instead, with more fluid options now available.
The Inverness development is expected to cost around £5 million.