Garden Centres have evolved from functional outlets for plants and accessories into leisure-retail operations. The extended customer dwell times creates a demand for refreshments and other facilities.
The traditional requirement for a cup of tea and a slice of cake has been extended to the point where in key locations, the catering offer can easily support a broad menu - delivered through free-flow restaurants and cafes.
The existence of these facilities in the best sites
extends the customer dwell -times and reinforces the idea of the site as a leisure retail destination.
The principles of handling a high volume of customers requiring rapid and efficient food service means that the design solution must be expertly managed.