Warren Haskins, chairman of the garden centre group, took Mr Herbert on a grand tour of the 15-acre site, alongside county and district councillors for the area. The MP said he was impressed by the store and welcomed the commitment to attracting more business and creating more jobs for the area.
The garden centre group was founded by Warren’s great-grandfather, Harry Haskins, in Dorset in 1882 and Haskins acquired Roundstone Garden Centre in Angmering in 2000. For the rebuild, the site took 12 months to redevelop, while the original centre continued to trade, and around 50 new jobs were created. The indoor and outdoor plant areas were made twice the size of the old garden centre and extensive indoor departments were added, including houseplants, gifts, books, pets, clothing and furniture, with environmentally-friendly lighting.